I don't live in Colorado or Washington but I do wonder how their Human Resources (HR) departments are dealing with the new law. I bet some are having a hissy fit. My employer requires a drug test in the hiring process. I must admit I am a little shocked that this is a practice of only about 35 percent give-or-take of employers; I thought most employers tested. That said, those that do really believe in having a drug free workplace. Our facility is one that has much opportunity to lose fingers or be grabbed into a machine and never see that part again. So, it is important that when one shows up to work they are fully in control of their faculties. Of course we limit the possibilities with safety precautions but the truth is poor judgment can incapacitate the best safety precautions.
So, will it now become illegal to test for marijuana and use the results as disqualification for employment? Will glassy eyes or the munchies be reasonable cause for drug testing? Since unlike alcohol, marijuana stays in the system far beyond the time of incapacitation then in what cases would a failed drug test be reason for dismissal from employment?
I am not a big fan of the law but I do understand some of the reasoning behind legalization. People who do marijuana, do marijuana. And for the most part, studies show they do no more harm than alcohol consumers. The criminalization cost tax payers a lot of dollars while producing little revenue. Not just from going through the justice system but because the criminal record often leaves people unable to find unemployment and dependent upon other government resources or more likely to other commit crimes for survival. The government and the law has been ineffective in the war on drugs...period. And, so on and so on...and, so on.
Admittedly, I'm a stiff shirt who just doesn't believe in drugs although I would certainly want access if it would help me deal with the symptoms in the event I had cancer.
There are just a lot of things to consider here.