Medical or recreational use of marijuana is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, but employers in those locations continue to have a zero-tolerance policy about the drug’s use in the workplace, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found in a survey of HR professionals.
In the most extensive survey of employer policies and practices since states began legalizing marijuana, SHRM found that most survey respondents (94 percent) said their organization has a formal, written substance use policy.
Some 82 percent of respondents whose organizations have operations in states where both recreational and medical use are legal said they have zero tolerance for use while working — marijuana use is not permitted for any reason. Another 11 percent said exceptions are made for medical use, but that restrictions might apply.
“While marijuana use is legal in some states, it remains illegal under federal law,” said Evren Esen, SHRM’s director of survey programs. “Substance use, disciplinary and hiring policies are all influenced by employers’ limited tolerance of marijuana use.” [Read more at EIN News]