by Countable | 3.28.18
Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington D.C., and medicinal pot is legal in 29 states.
Over half of employers, however, give drug tests to potential job candidates.
As a recent article in The Oregonian pointed out:
"Labor law experts warn that even if cannabis is legal in your state, employers can still drug test and fire you if they find THC in your bloodstream."
One of the most widely-cited cases is a 2015 Colorado Supreme Court decision that upheld Dish Network’s firing of a quadriplegic employee for using medical marijuana at home to control his seizures.
"The court ruled that a state law barring employers from firing workers for off-duty behavior that is legal did not apply because pot remains illegal under federal law," the AP explained in December 2016. “Similar rulings have been issued in other states including California, Montana and Washington.”
With more and more states legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana, is it time to ban THC drug testing in the workplace? Should employers respect their state’s – and not federal – marijuana laws? Should drug testing be allowed for recreational, but not medicinal, marijuana use? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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