Category: drug testing

Marijuana Legalization and Workplace Safety: A Short-Lived Hysteria

NORML chapters around the country are working to protect honest, hardworking marijuana consumers from discriminatory workplace drug-testing practices, in particular, the use of random suspicionless urine testing. By emphasizing the importance of impairment detection and workplace safety, we can reframe the conversation to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that’s free of impairment while protecting individual rights.

Marijuana Legalization and Workplace Safety: A Short-Lived Hysteria

NORML chapters around the country are working to protect honest, hardworking marijuana consumers from discriminatory workplace drug-testing practices, in particular, the use of random suspicionless urine testing. By emphasizing the importance of impairment detection and workplace safety, we can reframe the conversation to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that’s free of impairment while protecting individual rights.

Fail: Drug Czar Tries To Link Marijuana and Crime

The nation’s so-called ‘drug czar’, Gil Kerlikowske, convened a press conference last week to release new government data on drug use in America. The major talking points for the presentation were two fold: *Insist that cannabis is linked to crime *The public sentiment in favor of legalization is an unfortunate attraction to ‘bumper sticker solutions’ One could write a doctoral thesis on Mr.Kerlikowske’s supposition and claims, but suffice for space and time, let’s let the now much more watchdog media on the issue of ending cannabis prohibition better describe what they’ve […]

Study: Student Drug Testing Programs Linked To Spikes In ‘Hard’ Drug Use

Schools that institute student drug testing programs are likely to experience a rise in students’ consumption of ‘hard’ drugs like, according to observational trial data published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Commenting on the findings, the study’s lead author affirmed, “It is clear that drug testing is not providing the solution for substance-use prevention that its advocates claim.”

Marijuana Patients Hobson’s Choice: Work or Medicate?

An employer may terminate an employee for his or her off-the-job marijuana use, even if the employee is authorized under state law to use cannabis medicinally, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled last week.

Off-the-job medical marijuana use does not bar firing: Wash. high court
via BusinessInsurance.com
The ruling stemmed from the case of a woman who suffered […]

Florida Governor Rick Scott To The State’s Poor: I Want Your Urine!

By Kellen Russoniello, George Washington Law School student, NORML legal intern
On May 31, 2011, unpopular Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that mandates all those seeking public assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (commonly known as welfare) to pass a drug screen. Those that fail the test will not be eligible for […]

Marijuana Testing State Services Applicants: It’s Just Wrong!

I am a Latina, a forty-year cannabis consumer, a medical cannabis patient and a single mother who has had to use public assistance more than once. In 2011, Oregon and three other states have introduced bills that would require drug testing for people receiving public assistance. I am writing to present my unique perspective on this issue, and why individuals should oppose any type of legislation that would require drug testing for all applicants looking to receive state services such as food stamps or unemployment benefits.