Marijuana is now legal, in some form, in 28 states and the District of Columbia with groups lobbying to add more states to that list by 2019. In an article for our sister site, Replacement Contractor, Gary Thill explains how important it is for employers to figure out how to deal with marijuana in the workplace. Thill explains that based on the number of marijuana users (22.2 million aged 12 or older in 2015) more employers may have a problem with marijuana in the workplace than they realize:
Those numbers should encourage employers to address marijuana use head on. “You don’t want people coming to work under the influence of a drug. You not only lose productivity, but the bigger concern for employers is potential liability if there’s an accident and someone gets hurt or killed,” said Paul L. Bittner, partner and vice chair of the Labor and Employment Group at Ice Miller in a 2015 report entitled Workplace Impacts of Marijuana Legalization.