Cannabis Legalization & the Workplace
More and More states are legalizing medical marijuana and recreational use and employers are finding themselves in unfamiliar territory. With this new realm the legal experts suggest that employers be very careful on how to and when to apply a drug test and drug policies.
There are four states that have recreational use of marijuana and more that are to be on the ballot for this fall’s elections. Other states have decriminalized the possession of cannabis or permit medical use of cannabis.
Employers have been examining the legalities of marijuana use since decriminalization efforts began. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has also been studying this information since the decriminalization efforts along with Association leaders and Financial Executive International.
Although Marijuana is still illegal under federal law and employers do not have to tolerate the use among their employees in most circumstances the situation can get very tricky for the employer. If the employer is doing regular drug test or even considering it there are some new rules and guides that they are going to have to look at and be very careful about. And then there is the question if they are going to have a zero-tolerance policy, which could cause additional problems for the employer and marijuana becomes more accepted. Even having a positive test results come back, after days of no marijuana consumption.