Recreational marijuana may now be legal in New York, but that doesn’t mean you can go to work high, or in some instances, go to work with THC in your system.
Attorney Helen Rella, an employment law specialist at the firm Wilk Auslander, told Capital Tonight that employers still set the terms and conditions for employment.
“A bill that makes recreational marijuana legal doesn't necessarily mean that your employer is no longer allowed to require that you refrain from marijuana use, on or off the job,” Rella said.
For example, a field that includes operating heavy machinery may still subject their employees to random drug tests, and can still terminate an employee for whom THC or CBD shows up in their system.
Rella also said that employers can change and update company policy whenever they want, including adding drug testing to your terms of employment.