Countless Coloradans use marijuana legally as medicine or for fun, their right under the Constitution. But employers still can use pre-employment and random drug tests to deny work to these law-abiding citizens. This is bad for business, discriminatory and unfair.
A legislative fix to the 2015 Coats v. Dish Network Supreme Court decision, which was based solely upon federal preemption, is long overdue. NORML’s proposed law would protect all those who engage in Colorado-legal activities, including adult marijuana use, regardless of federal illegality, by amending the 2007 Unlawful prohibition of legal activities as a condition of employment statute.
“A drug-free and safe workplace does not legally require pre-employment or random drug testing. Many employers have common-sense post-legalization HR policies, but we need a law to protect every marijuana consumer from employment discrimination, said Denver NORML director Jordan Person. “Impairment testing is a 21st century alternative for Colorado employers to outdated and ineffective 1980’s drug testing for marijuana.”
“The road to normalization is about detecting impairment, not past marijuana use. The only thing that should matter is, are you fit for work, not, ‘Have you ingested marijuana?’”, said Carol Setters of Centennial, CO-based, Predictive Safety. The company will be demonstrating its non-invasive and proven functional impairment testing system, which offers objective evidence to satisfy risk management concerns, and provides better workplace safety, reduces costs, and more.
Read the NORML Factsheet on employment data from the regulated states: http://norml.org/marijuana/
Denver NORML’s Lobby Day with Predictive Safety :
Weds. Feb. 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Colorado State Capitol, 1st floor north lobby
Demonstrations and information. Free and open to the public.
NORML‘s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable