The climate of drug use — both medicinal and recreational — has changed considerably in recent months, thanks to the ever-evolving marijuana laws. As of May of 2017, there were reportedly an estimated 1,736 marijuana dispensaries in the United States, and that number has presumably grown since then. With the expanding applications and growing legalization of medical marijuana, and that fact that recreational marijuana is slowly following suit, our nation’s attitude and behavior toward marijuana is shifting. In fact, Pew Research wrote this year that 62% of Americans say that the use of marijuana should be legalized — and it’s a percentage that’s been steadily decreasing over the last 10 years. What does this mean for employee drug testing, what do employers need to know, and how can they adapt so that they — and their employees — are protected?
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