Arkansas Employment Law Update – November 2016
Arkansas Voters Approve Medical Marijuana
On November 8, 2016, Arkansas voters approved the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 (Issue 6). The law amends the Arkansas Constitution to legalize the use of medical marijuana by individuals with qualifying medical conditions.
With regards to employment, the law contains a nondiscrimination provision that prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual solely based on the individual’s status as a qualifying patient or designated caregiver. However, the amendment does not require an employer to accommodate the ingestion of marijuana in the workplace or an employee working while under the influence of marijuana.