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Ohio Medical Marijuana Law Doesn’t Protect Patients in the Workplace

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When those responsible for writing the language for Ohio’s medical marijuana law were writing policies, they forgot one major detail – Ohio workers. The law does not protect Ohio workers that are employed by zero-tolerance workplaces. Although patient information is confidential, Ohioans failing drug tests for marijuana can still be terminated even if they are a legal medical marijuana cardholder.

Marijuana THC levels do not necessarily correlate with actual intoxication, according to reports by In other words, actual intoxication cannot be measured purely on THC level alone. Another factor is that THC stays in the body for up to 30 days after use. In certain cases, THC can stay the body for longer.

Regardless of scientific evidence proving the benefits of marijuana for some patients, and proof that using marijuana in the evening does not carry over to the next day, many employers still have a negative feeling about marijuana in general.

States with protection for medical marijuana cardholders include:

  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island

Medical marijuana patients in these states cannot be fired unjustly or simply for a positive THC drug test result.

States like Ohio that don’t have protection for medical marijuana patients in the workplace include:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Some call this a violation of human rights, as it is an individual’s choice regarding what course of treatment to take for medical ailments.

If the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reschedules marijuana, it may change individual state laws entirely as marijuana would then be recognized as a medication at the federal level.