Last week, Ohio cast their ballots on Issue 3 - legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use. With an overwhelming force, Ohioans took down the law specifying legal use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana within our state borders. From a business standpoint, this is a great relief.
In the narrated article by Tom Pool, C-SAPA Executive at DrugFreeBusiness.org, (link here) he highlights the main reasons why employers should maintain drug-free workplaces, even if the legalization law were to pass. Some key points:
Marijuana is still and will remain illegal under federal law
Employers have a legal duty to protect their employees – OSHA General Duty clause
Employees who test positive for marijuana have 55% more industrial accidents, 85% more injuries, and have 75% higher absenteeism rates than those who test negative
Marijuana-related highway motor vehicle accidents increased 100% in Colorado between 2007 and 2012 since the drug had been made legal
By not having drug-free policies in place, employers have increased workers compensation claims and insurance, higher health insurance premiums, and increased liability