Connecticut has joined the budding number of states legalizing recreational cannabis use. On June 22, 2021, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed An Act Concerning Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis (RERACA), which permits adults ages 21 and older to possess and use recreational cannabis. While the added strain on employers will not take effect until July 1, 2022, organizations should begin reviewing their current drug screening and testing policies and processes with employment counsel — and revisit training with hiring managers, HR professionals and supervisors.
The adoption of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) makes New York the latest state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults age 21 and older. This new law expands employment protections for those engaging in lawful off-duty use of cannabis — and since it’s effective immediately, New York employers should review and update their drug and alcohol testing policies quickly.