“Well you’ve got the job, as long as you pass this preliminary drug test.” These are the words that every stoner dreads to hear. It didn’t matter how much you rocked that interview, or how qualified you are, you’re going to lose this job because you smoke a plant. Drug testing is a waste of time, money, and not to mention drug testing seems to unfairly target cannabis users.
Luckily that is happening to fewer cannabis lovers in states such as Colorado. Cannabis is legal in these states, so it makes no sense to test applicants for it anyway. Perhaps this is why the number of employers requiring mandatory pre-employment drug testing in Colorado has decreased.
According to the Denver Post, “Marijuana testing by Colorado businesses has slowly declined over the past two years as 7 percent dropped the drug from pre-employment tests while 3 percent removed it from all drug tests.” This is excellent news for anyone who has ever had to deal with the hassle of taking a drug test.
This information comes to us via the Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC). The data comes from a survey taken last December. Businesses such as those that require employees to operate heavy machinery have not seen any change.
An attorney from MSEC said that the drug testing rate will probably go back up if the unemployment rate in Colorado goes up. Regardless, I wouldn’t be worried. The unemployment rate in Colorado stands at 4.2 percent, which is lower than the national average.
Hopefully we will continue to see this trend in other states as well.
Source: Denver Post
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