A New York State Of Mind – What Legalized Weed In The Workplace Means For Employers

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This blog was originally published in Forbes on April 6, 2021. After years of debating and advancing marijuana laws, beginning with legalizing the medical use of cannabis in 2014 to decriminalize minor marijuana-related offenses in 2019, lawmakers in New York have gone all-in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by adults.  On March 31, 2021, […]

Marijuana + COVID-19 Concerns in the Workplace: How to Effectively Navigate Drug Testing

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers are faced with significant challenges when trying to maintain safe working conditions and administer drug-free workplace initiatives. In some states, cannabis and alcohol sales have hit record highs, as people are trying to find ways to alleviate ongoing stress and anxiety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

The Garden State Gets Greener – New Jersey Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

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The Garden State Gets Greener – New Jersey Legalizes Recreational Marijuana This blog was originally published in Forbes on March 18, 2021. In November 2020, voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly approved Public Question 1, amending the state’s constitution to legalize the purchase and recreational use of marijuana for persons at least 21 years old. While the amendment became effective […]

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MRO Talks Podcast – How does CBD Oil Affect Drug Screening Results?

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In this edition of MRO Talks, Dr. Todd Simo, HireRight’s Chief Medical Officer provides further commentary on a recent blog I wrote called Clarifications on CBD and Drug Testing. CBD is the component of the marijuana plant that causes the majority of positive health effects, in terms of pain relief and seizure prophylaxis. However, CBD is highly unregulated […]

Is Marijuana Testing Going Up in Smoke?

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Drug testing has been part of the fabric of employment screening since the mid-1980s.  Since then, there has been a natural ebb and flow in regard to how companies regard drug testing. HireRight’s 2018 Vertical Industries Spotlight Report, based upon data received from nearly 6,000 HR professionals, found that the vast majority of employers in […]

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Clarifications on CBD and Drug Testing

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Medical marijuana has been an issue in the US since the inception on the war on drugs in the 1970’s.  In 1978, Robert Randall sued the federal government for arresting him for using cannabis to treat his glaucoma.  The judge ruled Randall needed cannabis for medical purposes.  This medical marijuana standard persisted until 1992 when […]