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 that has forced employers to reconsider their drug and alcohol policies and drug testing procedures, while the opioid crisis continues to drain employers of talent and money. In fact, he said, 28.6 million people used an illicit drug in the prior month and 24 million of those had used marijuana.

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