Iowa employers should pay attention to a recent ruling from a New Jersey Appellate Court , Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc. 3/27/2019. The Wild opinion is the most recent case addressing the rights of employees who use medical marijuana. Although the Court was addressing the question under New Jersey law, an Iowa court
This is a question about which Iowa employers are increasingly concerned. The probability your employees and applicants for employment have used marijuana in some form has substantially increased in recent years. Medical marijuana use is now legal in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Recreational use is legal in ten states. But, marijuana is still classified as a “Schedule I” drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal to possess, use, or sell. The very fact that marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug means the Food and Drug Administration has determined it has no currently accepted medical use, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.