The Cannabis Dilemma For Hiring Managers

by | Apr 16, 2019 | blog

Ten states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana use. Lawmakers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York and elsewhere are pushing me to do the same. More than 60% of Americans support legalization, according to Pew Research Center, double the rate in 2000.

More than half of employers give drug test to job applicants, according to a poll of 1,058 hiring managers by the Society of Human Resources Management. Some companies say the test are important in preventing workplace accident and avoiding legal disputes.

“Marijuana has become the new “Don’t ask, don’t tell”. Marijuana was a catalyst for the implementation of workplace drug-testing requirement a generation ago. After crew members involved in a deadly train crash in Maryland in 1987 tested positive for marijuana, Congress mandated drug testing for workers in trucking, rail, and other related industries. A train engineer involved in a deadly 2016 Amtrak regional train crash also tested positive for marijuana in his system.