Drug testing has become common practice in the workplace for years. But with Washington’s new marijuana legalization law, are employers going to change their workplace drug policy anytime soon?
Several Washington businesses told News10 that the new pot law isn’t going to change the way they do business.
“Use of marijuana by Boeing employees is prohibited regardless of state law,” said Cathy Rudolph, from The Boeing Company.
Costco, one of the largest retailers in the US, said they will continue to drug test employees despite Washington voters’ approval of recreational marijuana use.
“Drug testing is a requirement to be hired,” said Costco Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Joel Benoliel. “Nothing will change. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.”
However, things may be a little different for the Seattle Police Department. They said they will review their hiring practices, policies, and procedures for existing employees in light of the new state law.