California employers wrestle with drug testing after cannabis legalization

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Debra Friedman was quoted in the North Bar Business Journal about how the legalization of cannabis impacts businesses managing pre-employment drug-testing. “With more and more states permitting medical marijuana use and some states permitting recreational use, employers are now considering whether to even test applicants for (the drug),” said Debra. “So basically, if you don’t test for it, then you can’t run afoul.” However, there is one important caveat to that, she said. “If you are in certain regulated industries, such as an industry that’s subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, then you can reject an applicant who tests positive, and part of that is because (cannabis) is still illegal under federal law,” Debra said.

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