So I understand both sides of the argument in this case, thankfully I live in CT where it is illegal for a company to test me for marijuana since I am a patient. I understand that it does not prevent me from being fired, however it does give me a legal standing. What I am confused with here, how can a company fire an employee who is legally using marijuana while off the clock? Current testing capabilities are not specific enough to pinpoint the time of consumption! THC is absorbed by fat cells in the body. According to homehealthtesting.com, “On a Saliva Drug Test, THC will test positive within one hour of use, but may only show positive for about 12 hours after last use.” Like most patients I know, I consume daily. My company does not allow employees to drink alcohol “on the clock” and states the employee should stop drinking 8 hours prior to starting a shift. If I can drink 8 hours before work why shouldn’t I be able to take my medicine? If a coworker hurts his/her back and requires pain medicine, should the company hold the right to decide when the employee can seek medical assistance?
You can view the full article here: Oregon TV anchor: Pot got me fired