Maine has become the first state to protect people who use cannabis from getting penalized by employers for what they do outside of work.
This was reported by Littler Mendelson, a global law firm for labor and employment, in a Jan. 30 press release. According to the statement, Maine employers may no longer discriminate against employees or new applicants for using cannabis while they are not at work.
The Litter attorneys cite the Maine Department of Labor, which they report has removed cannabis from the list of substances that new applicants can be screened for.
Using cannabis or being “under the influence” while at work is still prohibited and can lead to disciplinary action, but as a representative for the labor department said, a positive test result for cannabis alone does not prove use or intoxication at work.
These rules come as provisions of Question 1, the law that legalized cannabis for adults 21 and older that Mainers passed in November 2016 by a narrow margin. According to the Littler statement, the anti-discrimination provision of the legalization law went into