More companies ease up on drug testing for employees: After the drug-free workplace was enacted in 1988, because concerns about cocaine use, mandatory drug testing spread to most large companies. All the fortune 500 companies have some form of drug testing, according to a senior director at Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest testing firms.
The problem companies are having now, is to fill positions with good workers. Companies are finding out that many of these future workers use medical and recreational cannabis. Factories from coast to coast need workers. The hotel industry, especially in Las Vegas, are desperate to fill jobs. Many of these employers are taking steps to drop cannabis from drug tests they require of prospective employees.
Depending on the type of job, most businesses have dropped cannabis tests, but still may screen for harder drugs such as cocaine, heroin, opiates, and other drugs. However, many companies are reluctant to acknowledge publicly that they have dropped cannabis testing, leaning more towards a don't ask, don't tell policy.
As for state regulations, on February 1, 2018, Maine became the first jurisdiction in the nation to protect workers from adverse employment action based on a persons use of marijuana and any marijuana products, provided the use occurs away from the workplace. Now firing up a joint, or a toke off the vaporizer is more like having a beer, or glass of wine after a hard days work. More states need to follow Maine's lead when it come to employee protection.
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