Legalizing Marijuana

Do You Know Your State’s Marijuana Laws?
Do You Know Your State’s Marijuana Laws?

The rise of remote workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic has also renewed employer’s interests in drug testing. Namely – should you, and can you – drug screen your work from home (WFH) employees? And if so, what are the most reliable methods in this age of virtual work? These questions will likely steer […]

Should You Stop Hiring During a Pandemic?
Should You Stop Hiring During a Pandemic?

No matter where you look in the news, there are stories about the economic impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on businesses. From micro-businesses to enterprise organizations, COVID-19 has, in many cases, completely altered their outlook for the rest of the year. Hiring is one of the biggest concerns businesses are facing. Should they continue posting jobs and creating positions if they don’t know what the economic future holds? Is it responsible to keep hiring for certain positions when you’ve had to layoff other workers? Should employers hit pause on all hiring – even for candidates who’ve already started the onboarding process? EBI has these tips for businesses trying to navigate this unprecedented challenge.

Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020
Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020

Topics like medical marijuana, Ban the Box, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are sure to grab a lot of headlines in 2020, but are they really the HR trends to which you need to pay attention? Not according to the data. We surveyed hundreds of HR professionals, recruiters, and generalists who use screening following the SHRM Annual Conference about what trends you’re watching in 2020. Here’s what’s on your radars.

Lawmakers Stand in the Way of Marijuana Election Results
Lawmakers Stand in the Way of Marijuana Election Results

As you undoubtedly already know, voters in several states have decided to make marijuana legal in some shape or form over the last couple of years. In some states, only medical marijuana is legal, and only oils and edibles are available. Others have fully legalized pot for recreational use, and business is booming. A report by Arcview Market Research found that cannabis consumers spent more than $6.9 billion – yes BILLION – on legal marijuana-related purchases in 2016. But it is not all smooth sailing. Lawmakers in several states are doing everything they can to delay, or derail, many of the new laws.

Marijuana: The Backdoor Approach to Legalization
Marijuana: The Backdoor Approach to Legalization

When Colorado and Washington passed recreational marijuana laws in 2012, it was a big deal. It took people by surprise.  And given that reaction, it’s hard to believe that just four years later six more states and the District of Columbia passed similar laws with little fanfare.  Altogether 28* states now have some form of legalized marijuana, and as legalization continues to spread, so does the general acceptance from voters and the population as a whole.  Take Florida for example.  It passed medical marijuana in November 2016 with more than 71% of voters in favor of the new law.  Recent statistics have shown that the majority of millennials and baby boomers alike now support legalized marijuana.  But as support “goes viral,” has anyone really stopped to consider what it will all mean?  Much like the hubbub around the presidential campaign, are millions of Americans going to be taken aback by the outcome?

DEA Digs in on Marijuana: How Does the Decision Affect You?
DEA Digs in on Marijuana: How Does the Decision Affect You?

The US government is refusing to bow to peer pressure. Twenty five states have already passed laws to allow some kind of medical marijuana use, four others and the District of Columbia let people smoke for fun, and nine more have issues relating to the drug on this year’s ballot. Even so, the Drug Enforcement Administration recently announced it is rejecting requests to move marijuana from the Schedule I list of highly addictive drugs down to a Schedule II.

Fatalities Linked to Pot Spike on Washington Roadways
Fatalities Linked to Pot Spike on Washington Roadways

 Washington State made recreational marijuana legal in 2013. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in just a year the number of fatal car crashes involving the drug more than doubled in the state. The year before the drug was legalized, only 8% of fatal accidents involved drivers who showed signs of pot use. By 2014, that number was 17%.

Where the Candidates Stand on Cannabis
Where the Candidates Stand on Cannabis

 A Gallup poll at the end of 2015 found that a majority of Americans now believe marijuana should be legal. In 1969 only 12% of adults felt this way, but the number has been steadily rising year after year. Now, the support stands at 58%. As of this moment, 17 states have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of the drug, while nearly half of the states have legalized the drug to treat specific medical conditions.

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