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Marijuana Testing In The Workplace
The stigma associated with marijuana use, bothmedical and recreational, is slowly changing as more states work towardsmarijuana legalization, and so is the nature of workplace drug testing. Whileall companies hold the right to drug test their employees, some have chosen toturn a blind eye to off-duty cannabis use or re-think their current drugtesting policies. Marijuana use among employees has become the new “don’t ask,don’t tell.”
Some employers are rethinking these policiesin the name of workplace culture while others are doing so because they haveto. Labor shortages and changing attitudes towards cannabis being some of thebiggest factors. A study conducted on the attitudes towards cannabis found thatmore than 20% of Americans said they wouldpass on a job offer if they knew the company drug tested — the majority, ofwhich, were millennials.
In fact, the growing acceptance of medicalmarijuana has lead to legislature in some states that protect employees who usemedicinal cannabis from being fired, if they test positive on a company drugtest. To-date this applies to 11 states across the country, with more voterspushing for these laws in their home states.
Now, more than ever, employees are valuing company culture, remote work benefits, and as it turns out, how job policies impact their personal lives. This study takes a look at off-duty marijuana use, transparency of cannabis use and what employers need to know about drug testing their employees in an era of legalization.