Marijuana Law and Employment Drug Testing
Washington and Colorado have now passed laws making marijuana legal for recreational use and if history is any indicator of future trends there will most likely be a number of states that follow this path in the years ahead. Please bear in mind as you read this that marijuana is still illegal for any reason at the federal level.
Where do these changes leave employers in Colorado and Washington State who utilize drug screening as a tool to maintain a drug free workplace?
The majority of employers who utilize drug screening are doing so because of industry or federal mandates, such as employers in the healthcare, transportation, aviation, and other similar industries.
Even without industry or government mandates, employers who have drug screening policies in place are generally making no change to their practices to accommodate these new state laws.
It would appear that as long as marijuana is illegal at the federal level drug testing policies for many employers will remain largely unchanged.