In The Press November 14, 2022

HR Reconsiders Testing for Cannabis Use Amid Expanding Legalization (HR Brew)

Marijuana decriminalization was on the ballot in five states in the 2022 midterm elections, and the results are in. Voters in Missouri and Maryland approved the legalization, making recreational use of the drug legal in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Medicinal marijuana use is legal in 37 states. Jennifer Fisher, partner and co-chair of the Cannabis practice, told HR Brew that employers need to pay attention to changing laws. “Even if it’s not your state, what we’re seeing and have seen in the last few election cycles is a march towards legalization,” she said. Fisher hopes more employers will eliminate marijuana testing for employment. “There are so many people using cannabis for so many different reasons and many of them are wellness related,” she said. “The more generally accepted it becomes, and more education there is about the benefits of cannabis, it will no longer be seen as something that needs to be tested for.”