03May 2016

Bertha Madras is a professor of psychobiology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, with a research focus on how drugs affect the brain. She is former deputy director for demand reduction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Data from 2015 indicate that 30 percent of current cannabis users harbor a use disorder — more Americans are dependent on cannabis than on any other illicit drug. Yet marijuana advocates have relentlessly pressured the federal government to shift marijuana from Schedule I — the most restrictive category of drug — to another schedule or to de-schedule it completely. Their rationale? “States have already approved medical marijuana”; “rescheduling will open the floodgates for research”; and “many people claim that marijuana alone alleviates their symptoms.”


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21Sep 2015

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20May 2015

The primary challenges addressed by the group are the medical marijuana laws in place in 23 states and Washington D.C.*, and legal ‘recreational’ marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. Ambiguous, often changing, and inconsistent laws in these states can be confusing for employers who seek to maintain drug-free workplaces. This report explores marijuana history, policy, science, use trends and legality examined through an objective lens based in research and analysis.

Employee marijuana use is a problem for employers. A common misperception is that drug users are unemployed but SAMHSA data from 2013 cited by this whitepaper shows that this is actually far from true in that “68.9 percent of all illicit drug users aged 18 and older (15.4 million) were employed full or part-time.” In addition, results from a blind longitudinal study from the U.S. Department of Labor showed that job applicants who test positive on pre-employment drug tests are 77 percent more likely to be terminated within the first 3 years of employment and be absent from work 6 percent more frequently.

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16Apr 2015


The Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. (IBH), a non-profit organization developing strategies to reduce drug use, hosted a one-day symposium in Washington, DC on September 29, 2014 on the future of workplace drug testing in the era of legal marijuana. The meeting included thought leaders from public and private drug-free workplace programs, and specialists in government, public policy, employment law, laboratory drug testing, and addiction treatment, among others….

I. Introduction

During the past three decades, drug testing of employees and job applicants has become a crucial part of employers’ efforts to maintain drug-free workplaces. Drug use is a significant threat to workplace health, safety and productivity. In addition to testing, drug-free workplace programs typically include education about the risks of drug use, especially in the workplace, and employee assistance programs to support treatment and long-term recovery of employees with substance use and other medical and behavioral health problems. Workplace drug testing programs identify those who need assistance in addressing their drug use problems, reinforce prevention messages, and deter workers from using drugs.

II. The Challenge

The passage of public ballot and legislative initiatives has resulted in medical marijuana laws in 23 states and the District of Columbia and approval of legal recreational use of marijuana by adults in Colorado and Washington in 2012, and in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia in 2014. This shift in drug policy has created significant concern and confusion for many employers, employees, and job applicants about workplace drug testing in general and testing for marijuana specifically.


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06Feb 2015

DATIA has been carefully following the issue of marijuana legalization and how it will affect employers seeking to maintain a drug-free workplace. Many companies and individuals have been led to believe that marijuana is harmless, un-addictive and safer than alcohol. We are addressing these misconceptions and providing clear facts that employers (and their service providers) can use to defend their drug-free workplace policies. DATIA has developed two brochures that are available for download: one longer version with cited references, and a shorter, bulleted version that can be used as talking points.

Please help spread the word by sharing these brochures with your staff, clients, and associates. DATIA trusts that these two new resources will help our members and their clients continue to attain the goal and proven benefits of a drug-free workplace.



15Jan 2015
A new device known as an “e-joint” brings together marijuana and an e-cigarette, The New York Times reports.A brand of e-joint, JuJu Joint, holds 100 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—twice as much as a traditional joint, the article notes. It is disposable and comes filled with 150 hits. The device produces no smoke and has no smell.JuJu Joints were introduced in April in Washington state, where recreational and medical marijuana is legal. So far, 75,000 devices have been sold. The maker of the device says 500,000 more will be sold this year. The company plans to expand to Colorado and Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal. It also plans to bring the device to Nevada, which has decriminalized marijuana.Read More
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