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July 9, 2019

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New Law Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2020

On June 25, 2019, Illinois joined ten other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational marijuana use. The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) (PDF), which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2020, will allow individuals age 21 and over to purchase, possess, use and grow limited amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes in the state.

The CRTA also amends the state’s Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to include marijuana as a “lawful product.” However, the law specifies that employers may still:

  • Ban marijuana from their workplaces;
  • Prohibit employees from being under the influence of marijuana while they are working or on call; and
  • Adopt “reasonable zero tolerance” or “drug free workplace” policies.

Employers in Illinois should become familiar with the CRTA and ensure they have compliant workplace policies in place, especially if they take adverse actions based solely on the fact that an individual tests positive for marijuana.

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