As more states continue to reconsider their laws and statutes on the recreational use of cannabis, we’re inching ever closer to a time in the United States when the long-illegal drug will no longer be banned on the federal level.
While it’s no secret that marijuana prohibition has had negative legal implications for many Americans, it’s also impacted employment opportunities for many as well. As the country rethinks its relationship with both recreational cannabis and therapeutic psychedelics like psilocybin, we should consider what impacts these trends will have on the workplace.
Reconsidering drug testing
While employers in many states reserve the right to drug test for employment purposes, cannabis testing can cause a somewhat murky situation. While employers should obviously be concerned if employees are under the influence of a mind-altering substance at work, a blood or urine test for cannabis can reveal metabolites related to the drug for weeks after consumption.
For a drug that’s on par with alcohol in many states, this doesn’t seem terribly effective or fair to employees who want to exercise their rights.