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Will California Employment Law Protect Medical Marijuana Users?

A proposed bill in the state of California would protect medical marijuana users from employment discrimination. California employers currently can deny employment to users of marijuana, even if the use is to treat a medical condition. But the new bill, AB 2069, would amend the existing Fair Employment and Housing Act to create a new […]


The Coming Decline of the Employment Drug Test

Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., which has resulted in the slow decline of pre-employment drug tests. Excellence Health Inc., a Las Vegas-based health care company with about 6,000 employees, no longer drug tests people coming to work for the pharmaceutical side of the business. And AutoNation Inc. recently announced that […]


The Americans with Disabilities Act and Medical Marijuana

While the majority of states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, federal law stands firm regarding marijuana as an illegal drug, even when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This federal law states that a qualified individual with a disability shall not include any employee or applicant who is currently engaging […]


Maine Recreational Marijuana Law Limits Drug Testing, Disciplinary Consequences Imposed by Employers

Effective February 1, 2018, a provision of Maines recreational marijuana law prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions for off-premises marijuana use. One of the provisions provides that employers are not required to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, trade, display, transportation, sale or growing of marijuana in the workplace. In addition, employers are […]


Hair or Saliva or Urine? Which is Best for Drug-Testing Job Candidates?

There are currently three primary methods for specimen collection for employers who want to create a safe and healthy workforce through drug screening. Urine testing is used by 90 percent of employers, according to HireRight, with saliva used by 10 percent and hair used by 7 percent. HIreRights Dr. Todd Simo noted that alternate specimens […]


Fake Urine Ban Being Considered in Mississippi

The Mississippi Urine Trouble Act, sponsored by Republican State Representative Andy Gipson, would ban the sale or use of synthetic human urine for the purposes of defrauding a drug test, including one for employment. A box of fake urine can be purchased at truck stops and novelty shops throughout the state, often labeled fetish urine, […]


Does Workplace Drug Testing Work?

With marijuana becoming more widely accepted, some are questioning the need for workplace drug testing. Quest Diagnostics recently reviewed published research and articles to highlight key points, such as how people under the influence of drugs perform in their job duties, if drug use in increasing and the effectiveness of workplace drug testing. The Cannabis […]


Changing Marijuana Laws and the Opioid Crisis are Prompting Employer Action

Each year, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) holds a panel on state and national drug laws at its employment law and legislative conference. One attendee, an attorney at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA, said he has become known as a pot lawyer thanks to the wave of marijuana laws and court precedent […]


California Cities Drop Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

San Francisco and San Diego are moving to erase thousands of marijuana convictions en masse, which could be life-changing for some and helpful, especially, to minorities. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said he aims to fix the harm that was done not only to the entire nation but specifically to communities of color. Nine […]


The True Cost of Marijuana Legalization

CNN Money recently reported that $18 billion in tax revenue could be created if marijuana were legalized nationwide. But the benefits both in terms of crime rates, health and revenue are under scrutiny. Bills on the federal level have been introduced in both the House and the Senate that would not only allow marijuana-focused businesses […]




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