/ Asked by Melanie
I recently went on vacation in Colorado, where smoking marijuana is legal. Now, I've returned to my home state where it is not legal. I just found out that my company is drug testing all employees this week. If THC shows up in my sample, am I in the clear since I was smoking it legally?
Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, August 20, 2018
Hi there - I am not a legal expert by any means, but I believe that all states with recreational marijuana laws have exemptions for for workplace drug policies. I'm not sure which state you live in, but most employers in most states can still deny your employment if there is marijuana in the system, even if you were using it legally. I would check the employment laws specifically in your state. -Phil
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
I would recommend checking the employment laws for your state and also your employer's policy on drug use. Depending on the industry and nature of your work, it may be against company policy regardless if you were partaking in a state that it was legal.
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