Webinars

Weeding Out the Facts Webinar Recap

by Nicole Jupe on February 21, 2017

Employers face challenges as states continue to pass marijuana legislation, while the substance is still illegal under federal law.  In our recent webinar, two highly-regarded industry experts, Dr. Barry Sample, Senior Director of Science and Technology, Quest Diagnostics, and D. Faye Caldwell, Attorney at Law, Caldwell Everson, presented facts and insight about marijuana and the workplace for both the scientific and legal landscapes.

Some key takeaways from our webinar include:

  • Data indicated that marijuana use in general society is up. The increase is primarily driven by use among adults ages 26 years or older, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Self-reported marijuana use in the employment sector is also increasing.
  • According the latest Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ report, nearly half (45 percent) of individuals in the general U.S. workforce with a positive drug test for any substance showed evidence of marijuana.
  • Research studies have shown that marijuana use can be impairing and can impact reaction times, concentration, task performance, and driving.
  • Twenty-nine states and D.C. have medical marijuana laws.
  • An additional fifteen states have low THC/high CBD (cannabidiol) laws for limited medical purposes, but the allowable levels of THC in the oils fluctuate (between none and up to 5%) by state.
  • There is limited research on the benefits of medical marijuana, although some funding has been allocated to study how marijuana impacts certain medical conditions.
  • In addition to the existing qualifying conditions in medical marijuana laws, a number of states have considered adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, and substance abuse disorders as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
  • Marijuana laws are inconsistent and constantly changing. The laws can impact company drug testing policies and procedures, drug testing program administration, and how drug test results are handled.
  • Employment protections in current marijuana laws vary widely by state – ranging from explicitly providing no protections to being unclear to providing explicit protections – and employers may have a duty to accommodate off-duty usage. Most explicit employment protection laws have no exemption for “safety-sensitive” employees.
  • Eight states with medical marijuana have also passed recreational use laws, one of which has explicit employee protections.
  • “All of these medical and recreational use statutes probably impact only a very small number of employees at most employer locations,” said Dr. Sample.
  • Quest data shows that more than 99 percent of all urine workplace drug tests in the United States continue to include marijuana as a part of the drug testing panel despite state marijuana legislation.
  • A clearly written drug testing policy that complies with local and state laws remains paramount. The policy should detail who is tested, what drug test specimen type is used, and the consequences of a violation. Inform employees of the policy and consistently apply it across the entire workforce.

In conclusion, there are currently no restrictions on testing for marijuana. Furthermore, the current laws do not require an employer to accommodate on-duty drug use in the workplace or prohibit an employer from taking action if an employee is working under the influence of marijuana.

Based on the current marijuana laws, there is no good reason to stop drug testing for marijuana and risk giving up “valuable information for a handful of people who can impact your workforce and its safety,” according to Ms. Caldwell.

If you missed the live presentation, visit our webinars webpage to view to an on-demand recording and to watch other webinars bought to you by Quest Diagnostics.

Download our Marijuana Legislation by State infographic as a reference guide.

To learn more about marijuana, visit our website or contact us online.

Webinar: Marijuana & the Workplace

by Nicole Jupe on January 9, 2017

Voters passed new measures this election season to allow recreational and medicinal marijuana use in their states, bringing the count to 29 states where cannabis is “legal” in some form. Research also indicates relaxing attitudes towards marijuana and a 2015 Gallup Poll showed that 1 in 4 people have tried the drug. The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ reported that spikes in overall positivity in the combined U.S. workforce have been fueled by more people testing positive for marijuana. However, marijuana is illegal under federal law and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration denied two petitions in 2016 to reschedule the drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Companies committed to drug-free workplaces face challenges with contradictory laws and often struggle to understand the actions they are able to take. The confusion also spills into drug testing as employers ask if they can still screen for marijuana.

Experts, Dr. Barry Sample, Senior Director of Science and Technology, Quest Diagnostics, and D. Faye Caldwell, Attorney at Law, Caldwell Everson, will present a webinar entitled “Weeding Out the Facts: Marijuana Legislation & the Workplace” on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. CST. Their discussion will help to separate marijuana fact from fiction in both the legal and scientific landscapes.

Key topics include:

  • State laws
  • Substance abuse policies
  • Trends for marijuana positivity in the American workforce
  • Effective solutions to drug test for marijuana

Register now to join us.

To learn more about marijuana, visit our website or contact us online.

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Gain the eCCF Advantage Webinar

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Webinar: Gain the eCCF Advantage

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Drug Test Toolbox Webinar Highlights

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Webinar: Drug Testing Toolbox

March 1, 2016 Webinars

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