For this week, Kyle will share some of his thoughts about marijuana and hiring.
Q: Marijuana is costing us great candidates during our hiring process, so how do we avoid these conflicts now that marijuana is legal?
A: It feels like the wild west in Oregon with marijuana laws updating constantly and employers trying to keep up with the times. Many companies are losing out to great talent who are testing positive for cannabis and it has been a frustrating year trying to deal with the new changes. With marijuana being legal in the state of Oregon, many job applicants see “job offer dependent upon passing a pre-employment drug test” and think it only pertains to hard drugs and are surprised to find out that they did not get hired due to testing positive for THC.
Here is how you can help avoid this sticky situation: state firmly in your ad and during recruitment that the offer for this position will require passing a drug test that WILL be checking for traces of THC (the primary molecule
in marijuana that is being tested). People in Oregon are now treating pot like alcohol, using it recreationally without giving it a second thought. Many job seekers do not connect marijuana with drug testing anymore and it is important to make sure that is clear up front and in the job description to help avoid wasting each other’s time on a process that will lead to an unfortunate end for both sides.
With that said, be smart about it!
Take care 🙂