Job Market and Legal Marijuana Use Narrows List of Drug Free Candidates

U.S. employers are struggling to reconcile the legalization of marijuana in several states with the fact that it is still illegal on the federal level.

Business leaders are left uncertain – should they continue strict drug testing policies, or move away from it?

OperationsInc CEO David Lewis spoke with CNBC recently to discuss the shift he has seen across the market tied to pre-employment and worker drug testing.

As he explains:

“We have companies that have been working with us for years who have always had a pretty strict drug testing policy. And they have dropped that policy now, or have dropped pieces of it.”

Many employers are moving away from drug testing – several citing that they do not want to lose a top performer due to recreational or medical marijuana use outside of the office.

Other workplace experts say that the job market is already limiting the ability for many businesses to attract top talent, and that legal marijuana use is narrowing the list of qualified, drug-free candidates.

According to Quest Diagnostics, workers testing positive for marijuana use is at a 14-year high, and is up 17% across the general workforce since 2014.

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The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from CNBC on July 27, 2019 written by Valentina Sanchez.

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