Cannabis and Workers' Comp: Employers Rights and Responsibilities
In 18 states cannabis and Washington D.C.—also referred to as marijuana (pot or weed) as it is also known, is legal for recreational, as well as, medical use. In the majority of the rest of the country it is decriminalized in some way, in particular, for medicinal purposes. Nation-wide, cannabis sales have increased 67% as of 2020.1 As a result of the growing legal acceptance of cannabis, and thus, greater use, staffing agencies, face increasing challenges to workplace safety. As an agency that supplies employees to numerous industries in both high and low risk categories, making sure employees are clean on the job is crucial to both the safety of workers and the costs of workers’ compensation claims.