Award Date

Spring 2011

Degree Type

Professional Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science in Hotel Administration


Hotel Administration

First Committee Member

Bill Werner, Chair

Number of Pages



The purpose of this study is to analyze and discuss the current discrepancies in the legal system as it applies to medical marijuana in the employment sector. The laws regarding the legalization of medical marijuana are relatively new and have many constraints when applied to employment. On the federal level, medical marijuana remains illegal. Many states have passed some form of legislation legalizing medical marijuana. Unfortunately, only two states have laws that protect users from being discriminated in employment. This leaves employers and employees uncertain about what actions to take when dealing with medical marijuana in the employment sector.


Drugs and employment; Employees — Drug testing; Marijuana – Law and legislation; Marijuana — Therapeutic use; Work environment


Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Civil Rights and Discrimination | Conflict of Laws | Food and Drug Law | Immune System Diseases | State and Local Government Law | Virus Diseases