A federal trial court in Connecticut ruled recently that the prohibition of discrimination based on an individual’s participation in the state’s medical marijuana program protects an applicant who was not hired because her use violated the employer’s drug-free workplace policy.

The decision by the court in Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating, No. 3:16-CV-01938 (D. Conn. September 5, 2018), rejected the employer’s argument that the prohibition on marijuana use under federal law preempted the Connecticut statute, and is the latest example of the challenges facing companies with drug-free workplace programs in the wake of state laws that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use (or both).

Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.