As the use of marijuana continues to rise — including among people 55 and older — and legalization trends continue, employers should be adjusting their focus on its use among employees.

That's according to a white paper from Lockton, which points out the simple fact of marijuana use is not necessarily a valid factor in hiring or firing decisions, or in how an employee's performance of his duties is regarded.

In fact, devoting more attention to employee performance indicators and training and hiring processes, rather than drug testing, will do more to keep employees safe in a changing climate of acceptance. The paper says drug tests, whether prior to employment or as a random screen approach, can be part of — but not the whole — approach.

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