Employers Struggle With Drug Policies in States With Legalized Marijuana

nidamarijuanaFor thousands of companies throughout the country who have drug-free workplace policies and employee drug testing guidelines, the subject of any illicit drug use was relatively simple. There have been points of contention though in states that have medical marijuana laws and those card-carrying users, leaving some employers scratching their heads as to how to approach it.

This conundrum has intensified recently in Colorado and Washington, since the drug has been decriminalized for personal use and is becoming regulated. The pro-marijuana legalization agenda seems to be picking up steam in additional states as well.

According to a recent article, there have been at least a couple court cases that have set precedents in having grounds for firing employees for marijuana use, even if they did so legally, as it was clearly stated in their company policy and the drug is also still illegal on a national level.

At some point the question of civil liberties will have to be definitively ruled on, most likely by the U.S. Supreme Court. Until then, company policies still reign for the time being. If people can be fired for not showing up on time or violating dress code, then they still have the right to fire employees for testing positive for a drug that is known to cause a lower IQ and reduce ambition and job performance.

We have have helped many families throughout the country perform interventions with their loved ones for marijuana addiction, and have seen plenty of first-hand situations that warrant an employer to not want their workers using the drug. If you have a loved one in need of help for marijuana use, contact us today for more information.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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