What if the reasons medical marijuana has been passed in over 20 states weren’t true? A recent article from the New York Times suggests that many studies have found no conclusive proof of any benefits. The article further reports that approval in many states has been based on poor quality studies, patients’ testimonials or other nonscientific evidence.
The article concludes significant efforts in research need to be conducted before making any conclusions on the drug’s benefits.
Why do we bring this to your attention? For employers specifically, we believe that information of this nature is crucial to defending decisions not to allow a drug of this nature to be present in employees. And it allows employers to go on the offensive about testing policies with much more confidence. Marijuana is a dangerous substance. Employees under its influence can cause accidents, perform poorly and pose a significant threat to a firm’s ability to continue in business.
And remember, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of an employer that fired an employee who tested positive for marijuana.