ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — New marijuana laws will bring new regulations to the workplace.
Employment protections for state-registered medical cannabis patients do not extend to recreational use.
Under the law, companies may still punish an employee for legal recreational marijuana use, even on their own time.
The non-profit Virginia National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been advocating for the reform of marijuana laws.
NORML Development Director Jenn Michelle Pedini, who also serves as the Executive Director of Virginia NORML, says Virginia law should protect those employees. Pedini specifically mentions doing away with random marijuana testing.
“The employment protections bill for medical cannabis patients was an important step forward,” Pedini said. “However, Virginia is going to have to catch its public policy up with public opinion sooner rather than later.”
The law says independent contractors may still take disciplinary action against employees if marijuana use would put their federal contract in jeopardy.
NORML is also hoping to speed up the timeline for retail sales. The bill currently states that adult-use dispensaries are not allowed until 2024. Meanwhile, adults over the age of 21 will be able to use cannabis legally on July 1.