Marijuana is no longer an issue for some employers, and Caesar’s Entertainment is leading the charge on the strip.
Caesars will no longer test for pot as part of their pre-employment screening process.
Across the country, many employers are starting to drop marijuana from drug tests. This is especially true in states where marijuana is legal, and people can just walk into a dispensary to purchase the drug.
Companies say they’re having a hard time hiring people who don’t test positive for weed.
Right now, recreational marijuana is legal in nine states, and that number is expected to grow. But what does that mean for the drug-testing aspect?
Well, many employers, including some right here in Las Vegas, will no longer require people to test for weed.
Caesars Entertainment on the strip is among them. Caesars says they will no longer test people for the drug, unless they’re working in transportation.
But Rich Broome, the Vice President of Communications at Caesars, says there will still be strict guidelines, and any employee who comes to work high will be fired.
“We just felt that given the changes in laws that were happening across the country, it was prudent for us to take a different point of view on marijuana than other drugs in the pre-employment screening process,” said Broome. “[It’s] very different when you’re at work. If you’re high at work, we will test. And if you have the presence of drugs in your blood stream, it can be cause for dismissal.”
Excluding marijuana from testing marks the first major shift in workplace drug policies since drug screening began in the late 1980’s. But there are still many companies that will continue to test, even where weed is legal.