Employment and Cannabis Use
For information about cannabis use as it relates to your employment reach out to the human resources department of your employer.
The legislation prohibits employers from taking negative action against employees for the use of cannabis outside of work hours, off the employer’s premises and without the use of the employer’s equipment or other property (there are limited exceptions).
As of May 10, 2020, covered employers are not permitted to test job candidates for marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) as a condition of employment. Learn which employers are covered by this rule and which jobs are exempt.
If you feel you are being discriminated against, go to the Discrimination page, for more information.
The use of cannabis by drivers remains prohibited and carries the same penalties as it does currently.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) will work with institutions of higher education to conduct a research study designed to evaluate technology and methods for the detection of cannabis-impaired driving. After completion of the research study, DOH may create and implement rules and regulations to approve and certify a test for the presence of cannabis in drivers.
The legislation includes additional funding for drug recognition experts and law enforcement to ensure safe roadways.