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How Will Nevada Employers Deal With Workers on Medical Marijuana?

Twenty-three states, including Nevada, have passed laws permitting marijuana for medical purposes. Twenty others have ballot measures pending to do the same this year. Four — Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska — and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.

As Nevada begins issuing medical marijuana registration cards, employers should consider and plan to tackle some potentially sticky issues.

Nevada’s medical marijuana law prohibits discrimination against employees with a valid registration card and requires employers to consider reasonable accommodations for lawful use of the drug. However, employers are not required to permit marijuana use in the workplace and are not required to modify job requirements or working conditions to accommodate an employee with a marijuana registration card. As it stands, employers need only consider accommodations that enable employees to fulfill their existing job responsibilities and which pose no danger to people or property.

That sounds good on paper, but what about in practice?[Read more at Vegas, Inc.]

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