Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jun 2018
Source: Wall Street Journal (US)
Copyright: 2018 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Author: Nanette Rutka Hikade
Note: Headline by newshawk


Patrick Kennedy and Kevin Sabet's "This Is No Time To Go to Pot"
(op-ed, June 15), at long last, takes on several key deceptions about
marijuana, and these men have the credentials to speak.

But where are the others? The neurologists? The pediatric
psychiatrists? The Business Roundtable groups and chambers of commerce
which also are competent and which should have a passionate
professional interest in maintaining drug-free workplaces and
safeguarding our youth? It is high time they joined in allocating
resources to stop this juggernaut.

Why is it important to keep off-duty marijuana use illegal? Because,
while there is a strong and demonstrated relationship between off-duty
drug use and productivity, quality control, absenteeism, workers' comp
claims, workplace accidents and other business metrics that affect
profitability, it is difficult and expensive to prove from an
evidentiary perspective a specific correlation in any specific case.

Human resource departments and employers will lose the ability to take
reasonable employment action in reliance on a no-drug-use policy rule
against marijuana and will no longer be able to decide not to hire
those who flunk the pre-employment drug tests or who happen to show
marijuana after being tested after an on-duty accident or random screen.

Nanette Rutka Hikade

Ann Arbor, Mich.