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In light of legalization and the growing prevalence of cannabis consumption, Northern California employers are re-examining drug testing policies. Are they swayed by science? By logic? Or are they just losing out on prospective employees because of unreliable testing methods? It seems that there are a lot of factors at play here.
If you’ve had or applied for a job in the United States, you have probably been subjected to at least one mandatory drug screening. Job offers that are contingent upon clean urine are ubiquitous. It seems that everyone and their mother has strategies for passing drug tests! Or at least beating the system one way or another.
But in recent years, more and more people are questioning the validity and necessity of mandatory drug testing. Especially when it comes to employment. Although prospective employees have (rightfully) complained about this compulsory testing for years, employers are officially on the bandwagon.
Or at least some of them have. According to recent reports, Northern California employers are re-examining drug testing policies. This re-analysis of urinalysis follows the rapidly evolving legal status of cannabis in The Golden State. Now that residents of California have voted in favor of legal recreational weed, more adults in the workforce are becoming better acquainted with our girl Mary Jane. And as a result, the workforce is suffering. Not because people are coming into work impaired, but because they’re failing drug testing. So employers are missing out on otherwise qualified employees.
The employers in question are mostly small business owners and in businesses that are not required by federal law to drug test existing and prospective employees. According to the data collected and released by Quest Diagnostics (one of the most prominent clinical testing labs in the country), cannabis is the most common illicit substance detected in drug screenings. It even beat out amphetamines.
Quest’s senior director of science and technology, Dr. Barry Sample, has confirmed that if the drug screenings are anything to go by, California leads the nation in cannabis consumption.
Are Drug Tests Fair?
Since Northern California employers are re-examining drug testing policies, we need pose the question: are drug tests even fair? Most of us would answer with a resounding “no.” In the majority of cases, rejecting a prospective employee because they use cannabis off-duty is ridiculous. Especially if they Continue Reading
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