New Virginia Marijuana Law Means Some Employers May Change Their Drug Testing Policies As A Condition Of Employment | News from local businesses


“We’ve been dealing with it for six months,” Divine said, referring to more job applicants failing drug tests. “We have more drug tests positive for marijuana than ever before.”

People could misunderstand that even though possession of small amounts of marijuana is now legal in Virginia, they can still be disqualified from a job for testing positive, he said. “I think we’ll only see more,” Divine said, adding that some of her clients need pre-hire drug tests for new hires, while others don’t.

Used car retailer CarMax Inc. said it did not screen for marijuana use during the drug testing process before hiring the company. However, the Goochland-based channel maintains a policy of not being under the influence of drugs at work.

“CarMax is committed to maintaining a safe and drug-free workplace. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work, including marijuana and THC, violates CarMax policy,” the company said. .

The online sales giant Amazon, which has thousands of employees in the Richmond area, announced in June that it would no longer include marijuana in the company’s drug testing program for positions not regulated by the federal Department of Transportation.

“In the past, like many employers, we have banned people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use,” the company said in a statement. “However, given the evolution of state laws in the United States, we have changed course.”


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