It is said that you would have to take CBD in 1000-2000mg doses for it to show up on a test and the fact that THC products are not regulated, and the dosing could be off. Is that true for everyone, or do some clients get to decide their threshold?
There is no test for CBD, DISA’s tests will screen for THC or cannabinoids. Any test that screens for THC or cannabinoids is going to report findings for THC or cannabinoids that exceed the panel thresholds (levels). The origin of the substance will not be considered by the Medical Review Officer (MRO). DISA’s non-DOT corporate policy offers clients the option to customize testing panels.
If an employee uses medical marijuana, can they be terminated if they test positive for marijuana?
Medical marijuana laws vary by state and it’s important that employers address the specific laws that pertain to their company and employees when creating a drug testing policy. Each state has its own system of medical marijuana laws, which may or may not include bills that provide explicit employment protections. For example, in California, legislation allows employers the right to terminate an employee who tests positive for marijuana, even if they hold a medical marijuana card.
In addition to state laws, employers must also address federal standards pertaining to workers’ comp, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), unemployment benefits, drug-free workplace laws, and state handicap/discrimination laws. Even in states where legalized, the laws do not protect an employee that is impaired while at work, under the influence, or using on the job, especially when working in a safety-sensitive position. While a workplace drug test will detect THC, in most instances, the same test will not determine “impairment.” This is why documenting suspicious behavior and implementing manager training for reasonable suspicion and probable cause will help determine if an employee is impaired while on the job.
Is there a method to determine fake urine was used in a urinalysis?
Our lab partners use the most advanced screening technology, including screening methods to detect synthetic urine, to ensure quality control measures are in place for donors who try and cheat on a drug test. For more information on fake urine products and their effects on drug tests, read our fake urine blog here: https://disa.com/blog/fake-urine-and-drug-test-abuse
Can I hire someone with an invalid result?
An invalid test result is acceptable except in the following cases:
- The employer needs a negative test result (DOT and Consortium Pre-Employment, Return-to-Duty)
- The MRO has instructed a recollection and/or medical evaluation
Return-to-Duty and SAP referrals are relevant to non-negative results so, if an employee is restricted due to an invalid test result that employee should not be subject to an RTD program (unless the client’s corporate policy indicates otherwise).