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More companies doing away with pre-employment drug screenings for marijuana

05-14-18 Category: Drug Addiction

More companies doing away with pre-employment drug screenings for marijuana

It seems that the growing popularity for marijuana across the U.S. has made an impact on employers in the country. Now, more and more companies are dropping off drug-screening requirements for marijuana. Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, and more states are working to join the bandwagon.

Experts in human resources feel that widespread disparity surrounding marijuana legalization nationwide has also prompted some companies to change their policy. Moreover, termination of employment on the basis of marijuana laws in a state could attract legal proceedings. Brian Kropp, group vice president at Gartner’s HR practice, said the legal cases suggest that employees cannot be fired for marijuana use unless they are paid on an hourly basis. Kropp also said that based on his conversations with executives, more and more of them are in favor of doing away with such a practice.

Above all, the inability to establish the authenticity of marijuana tests has also pushed employers to remove the obligatory screening requirements. Studies show increasing levels of the psychoactive component — delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — in the blood stream is responsible for the “high” caused by marijuana in users. However, the psychoactive component usually remains undetected during a drug test. Instead, the non-psychoactive marijuana metabolite THC-COOH that lingers in the system for an unusually long period is easily detectable.

Career trends experts at Glassdoor attribute this shift in attitudes to the tight labor market with the lowest unemployment rate in the past 18 years. The pressure to better fill vacancies has pushed employers to remove hiring barriers by revisiting current practices, policies, and benefits. Echoing similar views, Abigail Wozniak, associate professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame who has conducted extensive research on drug screenings and the labor market, said, “In an extremely tight labor market, it’s difficult to get people.” She believes that the need to attract talent makes it tough to justify rejecting a candidate unless it is evident that he or she is unfit for the job. However, rolling back marijuana testing may not be applicable in industries such as trucking and advanced manufacturing where safety is of high priority.

Marijuana use disorder is treatable

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug as it fails to exhibit any recognized therapeutic value, besides exposing users to the risk of possible abuse. The medicinal value of cannabis remains a controversial issue, as millions suffer from marijuana use disorder. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older in that year were current users of marijuana. Also, nearly 4 million people in the same age group grappled with pot addiction.

Though cannabis aficionados are celebrating their new-found acceptance across the U.S., on the flipside, it comes with a heavy price to pay. Such an easy-to-access psychoactive drug can push users to dabble with other types of hard substances, leading to several physical and mental health disorders. Moreover, marijuana metabolites are generally accumulated in fat cell, which make detoxification a very complicated and lengthy process unlike other drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Fortunately, pot addiction can be treated with proper medical intervention. When wondering where to start with to find help for weed addiction, one needn’t look further than Sovereign Health to avail the latest treatment options at its certified marijuana detox treatment centers. You may call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our counselor for more information about our residential detox treatment programs.

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