Drug Testing in The Workplace

In this episode Attorney Chuck Franklin explains what can happen if you fail a drug test or cause an accident while under the influence at work. Chuck also explains why having a medical marijuana card does not protect you from termination if you have failed a drug test.

Drug Testing in The Workplace Transcript

Today we will be discussing medical marijuana cards again. However, this time I will be talking about using medical marijuana in the work place.

Having a medical marijuana card does not give you the right to be impaired or high at work.  If your employer conducts random drug screenings and you test positive for any form of THC or Psychoactive or non-Psychoactive metabolites, you may be terminated from your position. In addition, there are numerous reasons why being impaired at work can be the cause of liability for the company.

For example, let’s say you come into work high and you have to operate a forklift or some sort of heavy machinery, if you cause damage or cause injury to yourself or others, the company is responsible for those damages. You should also not smoke for at least 24 hours before you go to work. This may help prove that you were not impaired at the time of the incident. You should also refrain from telling any co-workers that you are a medical marijuana card holder as well. If management finds out, they may order a random urine test.

\Again, having a medical marijuana card does not give you the right to be impaired in the workplace or even have non-psychoactive metabolites of THC in your system.


If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance of any kind do not hesitate to contact Attorney Chuck Franklin here: (480) 545-0700