SOURCE: HR Profile

July 29, 2014 09:32 ET

Colorado and Washington's Legalized Marijuana, Not So Legal, as Discussed by HR ProFile

Colorado and Washington States Are Pioneering More Than Just How to Produce, Distribute and Sell Legalized Marijuana; Now These States Must Explore the Legal Conundrum That Comes Along With It

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - July 29, 2014) - In light of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, companies are navigating uncharted waters as to drug testing protocol for employment screenings. HR Profile informs us that the popular misconception is that since smoking marijuana is legal now, anyone can do it. It is now accepted but, the cold reality is, employers are increasing their testing for drugs and exercising their rights as employers to require their employees be drug free.

Last year's Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a Dish Network employee who admitted to using medicinal marijuana to control his seizures off the job. Because marijuana use is still illegal at the Federal level, it supersedes Colorado's Lawful Off-Duty Activities Statute, protecting Dish Network's termination from the failed drug test.

We are now seeing more and more companies adopting a regular drug testing policy so, they may apply for insurance discounts offered to those who have regular drug testing programs. Even though medicinal marijuana use may be prescribed it is still viewed as an impediment. HR ProFile is a trusted resource for helping companies set up and maintain a random drug testing policy. As a leader in the employment screening field, HR ProFile encourages you to look into using their customized random drug testing program specifically developed for their clients.

These are programs designed to meet the specific needs of your organization and your individual requirements. The result is HR ProFile is more efficient and effective because they have decreased the administrative costs and simplified the process for drug testing. The programs created by HR ProFile are uniform and defensible to specifically protect their clients from the risk of litigation. 

What makes HR ProFile stand apart from their competition is that they can provide pre or post hire drug testing solutions. Custom designed drug free work place policies, to post accident and random testing management are proven strengths HR ProFile provides. For more information or to discuss how to develop a personalized drug testing program specific to the laws in your state visit or call 1-800-969-4300 and avoid traveling the uncharted waters alone. As a leader in their field, HR Profile also offers online webinars to both guide and educate companies on a multitude of legal matters to protect your company from being sued. Their upcoming webinar, "Better Hiring Through Technology - ATS and Assessments" will be August 21, 2014. To Register click here: GOTWEBINAR

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  • Nick Betancourt
    Betancourt PR

    HR ProFile, Inc.
    Employment Screening
    8506 Beechmont Ave.
    Cincinnati, OH 45255
    800-969-4300 / 513-388-4300