Marijuana in the workplace: Are you prepared for the coming storm?
Now is the time and today is the day to prepare the workplace for the incoming tide of marijuana legislation.
By Cheryl Brown Merriwether|October 08, 2021 at 09:59 AM
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The year was 2019. B.C. (Before COVID). I was attending a local HR networking/professional development association meeting. The group included 100 HR practitioners, consultants and vendors from companies of all sizes and industries, both public and private. The facilitated program was a town hall discussion between seasoned professionals around pressing HR topics.
One attendee shared an interesting story about worker’s compensation. Another raised a question about corporate ethics that led to a lively discussion about conflict of interest. And then it came…a question that instantly shifted the mood. “I work for a multi-state employer. We have offices in four states and Puerto Rico. We have a problem with employees using marijuana. A couple are using it for medical reasons, but others use it when they’re not at work for recreational purposes. How are you guys handling things like this?”
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