Keeping Pace with Drug-use Trends: Medical Marijuana, Legal Positives, and Other Challenges for Drug-free Workplace Programs

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Over the past ten years, fourteen additional states have legalized medical marijuana, bringing the national total to twenty-three states and the District of Columbia, according to the website In addition, two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational use of marijuana. These considerable changes in regulatory compliance present new challenges for employers that operate alcohol and drug prevention (ADP) programs. As part of a research project conducted by the Department of Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, we investigated changes in the U.S. drug industry over the last ten years to determine whether workplace ADP programs are keeping pace with pro-drug innovations.


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[*] Author Note: Jeremy Slagley was an Assistant Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the time of publication.

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The Synergist