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Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers
Who Can Pass a Drug Test

A heavy equipment manufacturer near Savannah, Georgia held a job fair a few years ago. But when told that job-seekers would have to take a pre-employment drug test, about half left. This typifies what today’s employers face when trying to fill job openings, and the problem is not confined just to Georgia. Employers across the nation face the same problem.
 
A major reason is the increase in drug use, especially marijuana, as well as heroin and other opiates often heard about in the news.
 
Employers are hard pressed to find drivers who are drug-free, as well as others for jobs that require clear heads. Georgia’s governor says business owners tell him, “the No. 1 reason they can’t hire enough workers is they can’t find enough people to pass a drug test.”
 
Quest Diagnostics says positive tests for illicit drugs have increased for the second year in a row after a long decline. In 2013, 4.3 percent of American workers tested positive for drugs; in 2014 the percentage increased to 4.7 percent.
 
Read the New York Times article here.
 
The Effects of Marijuana Legalization
in the US Workplace
 
Increased drug use creates problems for employers trying to keep their workplaces efficient, safe, and compliant.  Assurex Global has created an infographic to address these issues.
 
To see full Assurex infographic, click here.
 
When Smuggling Colorado Pot,
Not Even the Sky’s the Limit
 
Colorado pot is commanding high prices, so high that many are growing it illegally and shipping it to some 36 other states. One skydiver flew 1000 pounds of illegal pot to Minnesota recently.

Colorado authorities arrested 32 people and seized more than two tons of pot and $10 million in cash last year-from just one illegal operation. With margins as much as 300 percent, smugglers are willing to take the risk. A pound of Colorado pot selling legally in the state for $2000 can fetch $6000 on the black market elsewhere.
 
Legalization proponents promised Coloradans that the black market would disappear with legalization. Not they blame the lack of legalization in other states for the problem.
 
What makes things even more complicated are the new forms marijuana comes in: edibles and concentrates. Marijuana-infused candies, cookies, and baked goods are even easier to hide than the plant material, which has a distinct odor. And concentrates—marijuana extracts with THC levels of 70 to 90 percent--are even easier to conceal and mail to folks in other states.
 
Read USA Today story here.
 
Marijuana Positive Tests
Skyrocket in Fatal Utah Crashes
 
Utah borders Colorado and may be feeling the effects of the latter state’s marijuana legalization. Drivers testing positive for marijuana in fatal accidents have increased from 10 in 2013 to 38 in 2015. That’s a 280 percent increase in just three years, the same number of years pot has been legal in Utah's neighboring state.
 
Three-fourths of Utah drivers killed in fatal crashes who test positive for marijuana are boys and men ages 15-39.
 
Read KUTV story here. Read Utah Fact Sheets about the increase in drugged driving here.
 
New Infographic Shows
Legalization is Not Inevitable

National Families in Action releases a new Infographic picturing marijuana legalization efforts in the states via ballot initiatives and legislation. Notable points include:
  • The four states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for recreational use have done so through ballot initiatives.
  • All five entities legalized marijuana for medical use first.
  • No state legislature has legalized marijuana for recreational use via legislation.
  • Considerably more legalization efforts have failed than succeeded.
Click on image for a larger view.
 
The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter published by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Subscribe to The Marijuana Report and visit our website, The Marijuana Report.Org, to learn more about the marijuana story unfolding across the nation.

About National Families in Action (NFIA)
NFIA consists of families, scientists, business leaders, physicians, addiction specialists, policymakers, and others committed to protecting children from addictive drugs. Our vision is:
  • Healthy, drug-free kids
  • Nurturing, addiction-free families
  • Scientifically accurate information and education
  • A nation free of Big Marijuana
  • Smart, safe, FDA-approved medicines developed from the cannabis plant (and other plants) 
  • Expanded access to medicines in FDA clinical trials for children with epilepsy

About SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) 

SAM is a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens who want to move beyond simplistic discussions of "incarceration versus legalization" when discussing marijuana use and instead focus on practical changes in marijuana policy that neither demonizes users nor legalizes the drug. SAM supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy. 

SAM has four main goals: 
  • To inform public policy with the science of today's marijuana.
  • To reduce the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.
  • To prevent the establishment of "Big Marijuana" - and a 21st-Century tobacco industry that would market marijuana to children.
  • To promote research of marijuana's medical properties and produce, non-smoked, non-psychoactive pharmacy-attainable medications.
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