March 11, 2019

Are Workplace Drug Tests Still Relevant in the Age of Legal Pot?


Testing employees for marijuana use was once a typical practice among employers, but it has grown less and less commonplace over the last several years. This decline makes sense in light of the current legal landscape in the US: 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana, and 33 have legalized medical marijuana.

Of course, companies reserve the right to test employees for marijuana use, and many still do.

Recently, surveyed 1,000 Americans to learn more about how people view marijuana use and drug testing when it comes to the workplace. The results reveal a significant generational gap in the perception of marijuana use. For example, 46 percent of employees over the age of 30 said they would lose confidence in their coworkers for using marijuana, even in states where recreational use has been legalized.

To learn more about how workers and companies are navigating marijuana use in the evolving legal landscape of the US, check out the survey results below:

Workplace Drug Testing

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Heidi Thiel is a freelance writer and content marketer. She has written and produced content for a variety of industries, including cannabis, business, travel, and human resources.