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Marijuana Legalization Linked to Decreased Use of Alcohol, Nicotine and Opioids, New Study Funds

Research on substance abuse trends from 2014 to 2019, conducted at the University of Washington, shows that people aged 21 to 25 were less likely to consume alcohol, nicotine, and non-prescription opioids. The study abstract stated that the “implantation of legalized nonmedical cannabis coincided with decreases in alcohol and cigarette use and pain reliever misuse.” […]

Drugs Made in Labs Now Cause Most U.S. Overdose Deaths

In 2021, fentanyl caused more overdose deaths than any other drug has in a single year. Synthetic drugs like fentanyl are preferred by traffickers because they can make and ship the drugs around the world more quickly and discreetly and for users, and they are cheaper, yet more potent. As a result, the overdose crisis […]

Drug Overdoses in 2021 at Highest Level on Record According to CDC, Driven by Opioids

According to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses in 2021 reached the highest levels on record at an estimated 107,622. Sixty-six percent of overdose deaths in 2021 involved synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is 50 times more potent than […]

Yes, CBD Registers on a Drug Screen as THC And, Yes, You Can Be Terminated for It

Lehenky v. Toshiba America Energy Systems Corporation answers several important questions: 1. Does CBD register on a drug screen as THC and can employees be terminated for it and 2. Is an employer test for prescription drugs an illegal medical inquiry in violation of disability laws? In the case, the plaintiff employee was terminated after […]

CBD Oil Discrimination Case Highlights Challenges Employers Face with Drug Tests for Marijuana



A federal district court has refused to dismiss an Americans with Disabilities Act suit on summary judgment. In Huber v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida, Inc., an employee used physician-suggested CBD oil for years to treat migraines. The employer relied on a positive drug test result, rather than a letter submitted by the […]

Navigating Legalized Marijuana and Beyond Report and Checklist

This isn’t just another generic whitepaper—it’s designed to deliver a pragmatic perspective to help you run your employment screening process and shape your drug policies. We give you all this:

State-by-state status of legalized marijuana
Key facts, stats, and mechanics of drug testing
Criteria used for “reasonable suspicion”
What to do if an employee disputes a positive test
How a […]

What’s New with Cannabis Compliance in Wisconsin? The legal, the Illegal, and the Gray Area for Wisconsin Employers

The Wisconsin legislature is expected to reject a proposal to create a medical marijuana program, just a month after the Senate shot down a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But employers should consider the murky legal status of various products that implicates a number of important legal issues, including disability accommodation, drug testing, […]

Use of Opioid Medications by Applicant for Forklift Job Was Not Sufficient to Deny Employment Without Individualized Assessment

A federal court in Ohio denied summary judgment to both parties where an employer refused to hire an applicant who used opioid medication as a forklift driver. In Hartmann v. Graham Packaging, L.P., the plaintiff applied for the position, disclosing his use of prescriptions for opioids and other medications during his initial interview. A doctor […]

To Test or Not to Test: Considerations for Employers Pondering the Future of Their Cannabis Testing Practices

The legal landscape for employers surrounding drug testing for marijuana remains complicated as its legalization continues to increase across the country for medicinal and recreational purposes. Employers and their stakeholders should consider several issues when thinking about their screening policies, including that a positive test result does not necessarily mean intoxication and/or impairment. Some employers […]

St. Louis: City Officials Move to End Marijuana Screening for Most Public Employees

City officials in St. Louis have approved new municipal provisions suspending marijuana-specific pre-employment and random drug screenings for public employees in non-safety sensitive positions. Specifically, “No person currently employed by St. Louis County or applying for employment by St. Louis County shall be required to undergo pre-employment or random drug testing for the presence of […]


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