I'd like your input. Medical Cannabis is legal in CA and several other states. The trend of thought is that it is likely to become part of CA law that a company cannot fire or reprimand an employee for testing positive for Medical Cannabis. Herein lies the dilemma for employers. Presently employers can do drug and alcohol tests and reprimand employees that test positive on the job for same, according to company's procedure for drug testing. If this law it passed a company will be unable to reprimand for a positive Cannabis test on a medical card holding patient. I am aware that impairment effects of the drug last a matter of hours. But the present test for the drug for the component THC will not be effective as THC can be present in a users blood for days to weeks following use, far beyond impairment period.
So given that, here is the rub. An employer won't be able to kick a person off the job if they test positive for medical Cannabis, stoned or not. Opens up a big can of worms imo regarding insurance and liability in the event such an employee has an accident, again stoned or not.
A solution would be some sort of different test that measured a person's impairment level (like alcohol) rather than THC blood level.
Further, it is likely at some point that Cannabis will become legal for general populace, things are moving in that direction. So then that compounds the level of the problem in that people using it for recreation rather than medical use become applicable (basically everyone).
With alcohol its easy to test for impairment. Cannabis, not so much.
I also don't think Cannabis use being legalized is a bad thing. I believe it to be far less damaging than the effects of alcohol. Those that argue its a gateway drug imo are simply uneducated on the subject. People that lean towards addiction will go there with or without Cannabis. I think alcohol is more likely to lead to serious drug use than Cannabis because it is used and abused far more. Alcohol is also addictive, Cannabis is not. Again education is key here if you think it is.
I'm looking for discussion though on only the issue as it affects employers, employees, testing, and liability associated with same. For or against Cannabis in general can be a discussion for a different thread if anyone so desires. I see this as an issue every CA employer and insurance company may soon have to face.