By Lizzy Acker
We’re number one! In people failing drugs test for weed!
Feeling proud? You’re about to feel prouder because this is the third year in a row that Oregon has achieved this honor.
According to the index, culled from more than 10 million drug tests administered at workplaces throughout the country, a whopping 4.64 percent of Oregon’s workplace drug tests in 2017 were positive for pot. That’s up from 2016’s 4.5 percent and 2015’s 3.43 percent.
That means the trend is going up.
Still, other states with legal recreational cannabis land further down on the list. Massachusetts came in at number three with 3.56 percent of tests coming back as positive, Washington was sixth with 3.18 percent and Nevada and Colorado were eight and 10, both with just under 3 percent.
“One labor issue that continues to crop up is drug testing,” state economists told Willamette Week earlier this year. “At least anecdotally, more firms are reporting trouble finding workers who can pass a drug test.”
But, don’t forget, in Oregon, even though weed is legal, employers can still test employees for it and fire them, or decline to hire them, if they test positive. A bill to ban employers from firing employees for off-duty cannabis use died in the Oregon Senate in 2017.
Maybe someday this will change, but for now, don’t be surprised if a prospective employer asks you to pee in a cup and then isn’t cool with your before-bed edible habit.
Read more from the source: The Oregonian
Photo: Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian