Workplace impairment is an important topic we frequently discuss, post, and write about. However, these posts are often centered around how we can help workplaces to reduce workplace impairment. What we don’t stress enough is that Otorize is a great resource for individuals to test themselves before the workday in order to avoid workplace impairment in their day to day jobs. This is especially useful for medical marijuana users who fear impairment long after use.
As US Bloomberg Law explains, “[a]dult use of marijuana for recreational purposes is legal in 21 states,” and “37 states and the District of Columbia permit marijuana for medical use, as do Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.” However, for employees who use cannabis for medical or recreational reasons, “[i]t depends on your state, your profession and even then, things are not always black and white.”
First, employees must consider state laws regarding cannabis use. For example, “[i[n Georgia, only low-potency medicinal cannabis oil use is permitted. However, companies are permitted, by statute, to prohibit their employees’ off-duty use of such cannabis oils,” while in other states marijuana usage outside the workplace is protected by law.
Additionally, employees must consider what type of job they have and how this will affect laws. “For example, law enforcement, medical professionals, and construction workers work in professions that bar the use of cannabis, regardless of medical need or adult use status within a state.” Truck drivers also must be conscious of their use, as “[t]he Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation does not authorize “medical marijuana” under a state law to be a valid medical explanation for a transportation employee’s positive drug test result.”
To summarize, employees must be careful and know the rules regarding their state, profession, and company laws. One thing employees can control is their ability to ensure they are not impaired in the workplace. Otorize is a 5-second, scientifically proven test which tests for current impairment from any substance. Use Otorize to stay safe and alert day to day in any profession, at any time.