The State of Marijuana

Alex Krokos

 

With the marijuana legalization trend showing no signs of slowing, many employers are finding themselves in a position where they don’t know how to respond to the new laws. Today, 23 states and Washington D.C., have legalized marijuana in some form, with Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington D.C. legalizing recreational use. 25 million Americans have admitted to using marijuana in the past year, while 14 million said they use marijuana regularly.

Employers, especially those affected by the new laws, are asking: Is it possible to maintain a drug-free workplace?

The answer is simple. Legalization in no way eliminates a company’s right to continue its drug screening program or the reasons for marijuana screening, which include workplace safety, productivity and health concerns, limiting health insurance costs and protecting your company image. If you know the latest legalization laws (check out our map below), data and trends, how courts have ruled in recent drug cases involving employers and have a drug screening program with a streamlined process, you can eliminate your organization’s exposure to unnecessary risk and litigation.

To learn more about streamlining your drug screening program, download our guide “It’s High Time to Streamline Your Drug Screening Program.”

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Alex Krokos

Marketing Specialist at EmployeeScreenIQ
Alex has a strong track record of success in content development, graphic design, social media management and relationship building for more than five years. She began her career as a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant, where she lead projects from conception to completion for organizations in multiple B2B and B2C verticals and helped integrate and launch emerging marketing into small businesses. She has also worked as an account executive for a Cleveland-based public relations firm.
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