The Green Rush: Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legislation in the US

The Green Rush: Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legislation in the US
Medical Marijuana is Legal in 30 States, Recreational Use is Legal in 9 States; All Use Remains Illegal Federally

The current of wave marijuana legislation sweeping the US has many employers wondering how the new laws may affect their rights pertaining to the drug screening of employees and potential job candidates during the hiring process. While 30 US states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and 9 states and District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, the federal government still considers marijuana to be a schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs are defined as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” These include heroin, LSD, marijuana, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote. This conflict between state and federal law raises possible issues for federally regulated jobs, including any position that is regulated by the DOT (Department of Transportation).

The Green Rush: Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legislation in the US