Vermont Employment Law Update – February 2018
Recreational Marijuana Legalized
On January 22, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (H.B. 511) legalizing recreational marijuana. According to Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 18, § 4230(a), this new law does not:
- Require an employer to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale, or growing of marijuana in the workplace.
- Prevent an employer from adopting a policy that prohibits the use of marijuana in the workplace.
- Create a cause of action against an employer that discharges an employee for violating a policy that restricts or prohibits the use of marijuana by employees.
- Prevent an employer from prohibiting or otherwise regulating the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale, or growing of marijuana on the employer’s premises.
The law is effective July 1, 2018.
Read VT H.B. 511