Can your work fire you for using Medical Marijuana?

Can your work fire you for using Medical Marijuana?
To-date there are approximately 211,000 full-time cannabis jobs in the US. A dramatic increase from 64,000 jobs from last year. These roles include physicians, growers, lab testers, budtenders, security, producers, and many many more positions. But there is still a black cloud hovering over some medical cannabis users. That is if they can be fired on the premise of using cannabis medicinally. Based on the rules set in place by the ADA, covered employers cannot legally discriminate against medical cannabis patients who have met the qualifications for marijuana treatment in their state. But, a later section goes on to say, “a qualified individual with a disability shall not include any employee or applicant who is currently engaging in the illegal use of drugs.” Well, with the federal status of cannabis being illegal… That section seems to stir up some confusion, don’t ya think? As cannabis prohibition continues to spread throughout the U.S. it is becoming increasingly important for employers operating in medical cannabis-friendly jurisdictions to consider amending company practices pertaining to workers using cannabis as a treatment. Many employers are more than fine with it as long as you aren’t high at work, but the same cannot be said for federal employees who wish to use cannabis but are at the mercy of our federal regulations.

Can your work fire you for using Medical Marijuana?