Industry News: NORML Wants to Remove Marijuana in Workplace Drug Testing Rules
Non-profit organization National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is pressing a move to reform workplace drug testing policies, expand employment opportunities for cannabis users, and provide protection for employees while they are not at work. This goes against the outdated policy wherein companies fire employees or hinder applicants from employment based on a positive marijuana test.
While so many states may have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, this has affected user’s employment status as most companies have rejected and fired employees found to be under the influence of marijuana.
NORML announced its aim in stopping companies from making marijuana use as a valid reason for not hiring a potential employee or firing an employee. Three of NORML chapters, namely in the states of California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado are pushing for the reform.
A decision under the Colorado Supreme Court in 2015 ruled that companies are free to fire employees for off-duty pot use. This was extremely being denounced by NORML activist Judd Golden. “Random, suspicionless drug testing of applicants or employees for past marijuana use is not just unfair and discriminatory, but it’s bad for business,” Golden said in a news item.
Meanwhile, executive director for Denver NORML Jordan Person said in a statement that it is important that companies should know that marijuana testing is not mandatory and that employers have options.
At present, the Denver chapter is working with companies that offer performance impairment testing of workers suspected of on-the-job impairment as they would rather want to prove the working capacity of an employee rather than taking body fluid testing that may pick up use from earlier use.