Employers Looking for “Magic Bullet” Test for Marijuana
National Drug Screening’s video notes that marijuana state laws are rapidly changing, that federal law with respect to its legality may well change in the near term, that marijuana is the most used illicit drug in the U.S., and that California recently tried to pass legislation to ban workplace marijuana testing. In all of this change, according to National Drug Screening, Inc., one thing stands out: While employers can currently test for marijuana use, they cannot test for marijuana impairment. The problem is, they say, this:
National Drug Testing, Inc., like many others, anticipates the following solution to the problem:
But There IS a Test for Impairment from Marijuana
Impairment Science, Inc. is the first to meet this ‘big challenge.” ISI’s Druid app, which tests for impairment due to any cause, was initially created specifically to test for impairment from marijuana. Druid is the only digital app that has been recognized as accurate and highly sensitive in several scientific research studies, the most recent of which was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology . The app has also been calibrated so that its scores compare to approximate blood alcohol levels.
With Druid, employers can test their job applicants and employees for fitness for duty, as opposed to testing for only drug use, which, as National Drug Screening states, can show the presence of the drug but not whether the individual is in fact impaired. Determining whether employees are impaired on the job is no longer “exceedingly difficult.” With Druid employers can now take adverse action against an employee who is unfit for duty and who may be unfit because of marijuana consumption.
Indeed, Druid is the “magic bullet.”
Marijuana Legalization Increasing Creating Concerns for Employers
The legalization of marijuana continues with more states legalizing both medical and recreational use. Increased use of marijuana in general is likely will spill over into the workplace.
Positive Marijuana Tests are Up
The Wall Street Journal reported that positive marijuana tests are up among U.S. workers and that the shift in the legal landscape has created shifts in workplace testing. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Positive marijuana tests have climbed among American workers as more states have allowed marijuana for medical and recreational use in recent years. Seventeen states have passed legalization measures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures—including, most recently, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Arizona.
Along the way, the shifting legal backdrop and changing cultural attitudes have prompted some employers to stop testing for it while others have quit factoring it into hiring decisions. Some businesses say testing policies promote accountability, although many take a more lenient stance toward marijuana than toward other drug.