Maine: Newly Enacted Provisions Protect Employees’ Off-The-Job Cannabis Use

Augusta, ME: Provisions in the state’s 2016 voter-initiated marijuana law that seek to limit employers from penalizing employees for their off-the-job marijuana use went into effect last week.

The language stipulates: “A school, employer or landlord may not refuse to enroll or employ or lease to or otherwise penalize a person 21 years-of-age or older solely for that person’s consuming marijuana outside of the school’s, employer’s or landlord’s property.”

The language took effect last Thursday when lawmakers failed to extend a moratorium halting the implementation of various aspects of Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act.

By contrast, provisions in the law permitting the licensed commercial production and retail sale of marijuana to adults remain inactive because lawmakers have yet to codify regulations explicitly governing these activities.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.