Health Street Study of Effectiveness of Pre-Employment Drug Testing on Marijuana Use

597 responses

What state do you live in?

592 out of 597 answered

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California
8%/ 52 resp.
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Florida
8%/ 49 resp.
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New York
7%/ 44 resp.
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Texas
7%/ 44 resp.
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Pennsylvania
3%/ 23 resp.
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Georgia
3%/ 22 resp.
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Arizona
3%/ 18 resp.
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Illinois
3%/ 18 resp.
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Indiana
3%/ 18 resp.
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Ohio
3%/ 18 resp.
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North Carolina
2%/ 17 resp.
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Kentucky
2%/ 15 resp.
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Missouri
2%/ 15 resp.
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Nevada
2%/ 14 resp.
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New Jersey
2%/ 14 resp.
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Oregon
2%/ 14 resp.
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Washington
2%/ 14 resp.
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Michigan
2%/ 13 resp.
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Virginia
2%/ 13 resp.
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Alabama
1%/ 11 resp.
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Colorado
1%/ 11 resp.
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Tennessee
1%/ 11 resp.
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Connecticut
1%/ 10 resp.
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Maryland
1%/ 10 resp.
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Minnesota
1%/ 8 resp.
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Wisconsin
1%/ 8 resp.
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Kansas
1%/ 7 resp.
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Louisiana
1%/ 7 resp.
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South Carolina
1%/ 7 resp.
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Utah
1%/ 7 resp.
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Massachusetts
1%/ 6 resp.
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West Virginia
1%/ 6 resp.
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Arkansas
0%/ 5 resp.
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Iowa
0%/ 5 resp.
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Maine
0%/ 5 resp.
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Delaware
0%/ 4 resp.
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Nebraska
0%/ 4 resp.
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Oklahoma
0%/ 4 resp.
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Hawaii
0%/ 3 resp.
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New Mexico
0%/ 3 resp.
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South Dakota
0%/ 3 resp.
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Alaska
0%/ 2 resp.
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Idaho
0%/ 2 resp.
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Montana
0%/ 2 resp.
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New Hampshire
0%/ 2 resp.
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Mississippi
0%/ 1 resp.
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North Dakota
0%/ 1 resp.
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Rhode Island
0%/ 1 resp.
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Vermont
0%/ 1 resp.
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outside United States
0%/ 0 resp.
51
Puerto Rico
0%/ 0 resp.
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Washington DC
0%/ 0 resp.
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Wyoming
0%/ 0 resp.

What is your current employment status?

597 out of 597 answered

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Employed Full Time
66%/ 396 resp.
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Employed Part Time
18%/ 112 resp.
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Unemployed for over 1 year
7%/ 47 resp.
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Unemployed for less than 1 year
7%/ 42 resp.

How often have you consumed marijuana or other forms of THC in the last 12 months?

597 out of 597 answered

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never
40%/ 241 resp.
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daily (or close to it)
17%/ 104 resp.
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a few times over the whole year
16%/ 100 resp.
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a few times each week
14%/ 84 resp.
5
a few times each month
11%/ 68 resp.

When was the last time you received a job offer (including your current job, if you are still employed there).

597 out of 597 answered

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More than 1 year ago
56%/ 335 resp.
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Within the last year
40%/ 241 resp.
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Never
3%/ 21 resp.

The last time you received a job offer, were you required to get a pre-employment drug test that included a screening for marijuana?

576 out of 597 answered

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Yes
51%/ 295 resp.
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No
48%/ 281 resp.

What was your level of stress before and after the pre-employment drug test?

295 out of 597 answered

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no stress at all
48%/ 144 resp.
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mild anxiety
29%/ 88 resp.
3
medium anxiety
13%/ 40 resp.
4
heavy anxiety
7%/ 23 resp.

How long did you abstain from using Marijuana before your last employment drug test?

171 out of 597 answered

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about a month or more
35%/ 60 resp.
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a couple weeks
17%/ 30 resp.
3
about a week
17%/ 29 resp.
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a few days
14%/ 24 resp.
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did not abstain
11%/ 20 resp.
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1 day
4%/ 8 resp.

How long after the drug test did you return to using marijuana?

171 out of 597 answered

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immediately or within 1 day
28%/ 48 resp.
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about a month or more
18%/ 31 resp.
3
a few days
17%/ 30 resp.
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a couple weeks later
16%/ 28 resp.
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about a week later
12%/ 21 resp.
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never returned to using marijuana
7%/ 13 resp.

In your opinion, in which of these situations should companies have the legal right to drug test applicants and employees for marijuana (check all that apply):

597 out of 597 answered

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while employed, if they suspect someone came to work high or got high at work
64%/ 384 resp.
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pre-hire and while employed, but only if the job is desginated as a safety-sensitive function (e.g., a truck driver).
56%/ 339 resp.
3
pre-hire, if they simply do not want to hire anyone who smokes marijuana recreationally
20%/ 121 resp.
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at any time they wish to test an applicant or employee, regardless of the reason.
16%/ 101 resp.
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pre-hire, if they simply do not want to hire anyone who smokes marijuana, even if it is for medicinal purposes
10%/ 62 resp.
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while employed, if they suspect someone got high recreationally outside of work hours
10%/ 60 resp.

Please explain your answer to the previous question: when is it OK or not OK for a company to legally drug test applicants and employees for marijuana usage and why? When is not OK and why?

597 out of 597 answered

Pretend a friend of yours has a prescription to use marijuana in a state that allows medical usage, but then applies for a job in another state that does not recognize any legal use of marijuana. Your friend gets the job, but fails the drug test. Your friend shows the employer the valid prescription for marijuana. In your opinion, should the company still have the right to take back your friend's job offer?

597 out of 597 answered

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Yes
44%/ 263 resp.
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No
55%/ 334 resp.

Really? Wouldn't that be discrimination against people with disabilities? Please explain why or why not.

263 out of 597 answered

Really? Wouldn't that be restricting an employer's right to exercise their own beliefs about drug users? Please explain why or why not.

334 out of 597 answered

And finally.....tell us what you really think about marijuana and employment drug testing; using marijuana on the job; marijuana and safety sensitive jobs; marijuana and the legal system. Don't hold back!

597 out of 597 answered