Marijuana and its legal use is a topic many (if not all) HR departments will seriously have to address in the near future. The biggest concern for employers is how marijuana will affect their workers. Unlike alcohol, there is no test for recent marijuana use or impairment. A worker on marijuana could pose serious safety risks, like operating machinery while high, and companies don’t have the means to determine worker culpability if an accident occurs.
The obvious answer is to have a marijuana-use policy in place, right? Not so fast. Laws for marijuana use vary drastically by state and it is completely illegal in the eyes of the federal government. Mitigating risk requires being knowledgeable about what you can and can’t do with employees who use legal marijuana and making sure