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Medicinal Marijuana in the Workplace

Whether you agree with it or not, marijuana is legal in some states for medicinal purposes. Causing many heated debates, much research has gone into testing marijuana for medicinal purposes. But even if it is legal in your state, do you know the rules for allowing it in the workplace?

Medicinal Marijuana (pictured above) is most commonly used by patients who battle with the side effects of chemotherapy.

State Laws

Each state has their own unique laws on using marijuana for medicinal purposes. Most states do not allow its use and the ones that do, usually have other rules and regulations that go along with the use of medicinal marijuana.

However, regardless of state law, employers can set up a drug-free work policy that makes testing positive for any type of drug terms for termination. Even if the person has a note from a doctor in a “legal” state and even if they have a medical marijuana card, a company can set its own rules.

Marijuana’s Effects

Marijuana’s greatest effect is on the brain. This is the number one reason many employers are hesitant to allow employees to use marijuana even for medicinal purposes. As the marijuana is inhaled THC is released into the brain and can cause loss of coordination, memory loss, and difficulty thinking clearly.

Drug Screening

Aside from catching your employees with marijuana, the only other way to know for sure if it is being used is to do a drug screening. Drug screenings will be able to tell you first hand if your employees are using drugs.


Unfortunately when people hear they have to do a drug screening they begin to find ways to manipulate the testing. One way people try to manipulate the results is by drinking as many fluids as they can one to two hours before a urine test. This “wash out” process is supposed to dilute the concentration of drugs in the urine sample. Having the drug screen done at your office and with little notice to your employees is one of the most effective ways get results.

Types of Testing

Did you know that drugs can show up in a urine sample up to five days after use? And urine sampling is just one of the many different tests that are available through drug testing companies. There are several different tests that can be done to screen for marijuana and other drugs. Other tests include:

  • Hair Follicle Testing
  • Saliva Testing
  • Skin Patch Test
  • Fingernail testing

With all the new laws and state regulations on medicinal medicines it is wise, if you are a business owner, to stay abreast on how the regulations effect your work place. Investigate what is acceptable for your state and then make adjustments and screenings accordingly.

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