With the legalization of marijuana, Colorado companies dropping pre-job marijuana drug tests is becoming a trend.
In a recent survey conducted by the Mountain States Employer Council, it was found that 7 percent of Colorado companies in the last two years have dropped marijuana testing prior to being hired. Whereas 3 percent dropped the drug test completely. This means no employee can be drug tested for marijuana at any time during employment.
Recreational marijuana became legal in 2014 and this trend is just slowly starting to affect companies. The companies who eliminate marijuana testing by no means encourage the usage on the job, however, you potentially could not get penalized from your employer for partaking in a once illegal activity.
In the state of Colorado, there are no laws stating that a potential employee must be drug tested by the employer before employment.Therefore, it’s up to the employer’s discretion to require drug and alcohol testing from the potential employee in order to be hired. Also, once hired, employers are free to require drug and alcohol testing if needed.
As stated before, 7 percent of Colorado companies in the past two years have made the decision to drop marijuana testing, some businesses remain unchanged and others are jumping on the bandwagon.