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Marijuana Testing In The Workplace
The stigma associated with marijuana use, both medical and recreational, is slowly changing as more states work towards marijuana legalization, and so is the nature of workplace drug testing. While all companies hold the right to drug test their employees, some have chosen to turn a blind eye to off-duty cannabis use or re-think their current drug testing policies. Marijuana use among employees has become the new “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Some employers are rethinking these policies in the name of workplace culture while others are doing so because they have to. Labor shortages and changing attitudes towards cannabis being some of the biggest factors. A study conducted on the attitudes towards cannabis found that more than 20% of Americans said they would pass on a job offer if they knew the company drug tested — the majority, of which, were millennials.
In fact, the growing acceptance of medical marijuana has lead to legislature in some states that protect employees who use medicinal cannabis from being fired, if they test positive on a company drug test. To-date this applies to 11 states across the country, with more voters pushing 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.