Fiat Chrysler Vehicles in Michigan, a state that legalized leisure use final 12 months, checks all of its staff. “A optimistic take a look at for marijuana use will disqualify a candidate,” the corporate advised The Detroit Free Press. When contacted by The New York Occasions final month, the corporate added that its guidelines barred possession or use at work.
Josh Hovey, who served as communications director for the marketing campaign to legalize leisure marijuana in Michigan, stated he had met usually with the state Chamber of Commerce and native companies earlier than the referendum. “And plenty of what they had been involved with was their H.R. insurance policies,” he stated.
In different states, like Minnesota, the place medical marijuana is authorized and 19 Fortune 500 firms are based mostly, there has not been as a lot interplay between lobbyists for authorized marijuana and the enterprise group.
“We now have not likely seen massive firms attain out to us about this concern,” stated Leili Fatehi, marketing campaign supervisor for Minnesotans for Accountable Marijuana Regulation.
Change got here rapidly to the states, however on the entrance traces of drug checks, there’s a determined lag.
Quest Diagnostics compiles information on greater than 10 million drug checks a 12 months. Solely a small variety of firms have struck marijuana from the listing of medication they display screen for, and nationally, roughly 99 p.c of all basic work power drug checks embrace marijuana.
“For probably the most half it hasn’t had a big impact in these recreational-use states and no measurable impact within the medical marijuana states,” stated Barry Pattern, Quest’s senior director for science and know-how.
There have been refined however actual variations on the state degree. From 2015 to 2018, the variety of firms in each Colorado and Washington that included marijuana on their drug-testing panel dropped slightly below four p.c. In Nevada’s first 12 months of legalization, marijuana testing amongst employers fell greater than eight p.c.