Michigan Marijuana Legalization Proposal Does Not Contain Protections Against Employee Drug Tests

Michigan voters will almost certainly legalize recreational marijuana this November. And while that may be a huge victory, it turns out the state will not have protections in place for legal marijuana users.

The ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan contains language that allow businesses and employers to drug test and discipline workers who use cannabis. This isn't entirely surprising, since the only protections passed by states only cover medical marijuana users, not recreational ones, but it does bring this issue back into the spotlight.

While more and more states are legalizing recreational marijuana, people who use cannabis are still at risk to be punished for using a substance that is entirely legal. A person's work can be completely unaffected by their marijuana use, but if they fail a random drug test, they could be out of their job even though they're doing it competently. 

Some companies have adopted a more tolerant approach and no longer test for marijuana, but it's perfectly legal for them to do so. 

The question is when will this change. Workers aren't forced to take breathalyzer tests when they come in for their job, but several of these states have alcohol and marijuana at the same level of legality. 

Would legalizing marijuana at the federal level finally put an end to needless employee drug tests? I guess we'll just have to find out.

(h/t Detroit Free Press)


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