Colorado Drug Testing Laws and Regulations
|Colorado Drug Testing Law :||
The State of Colorado does not have specific legal provisions governing employment and pre-employment drug testing. However, this does not mean that employers are restricted or prohibited from implementing drug policy in the workplace. It also does not mean that employers have free reign on how to conduct drug testing on their employees and prospective employees. Colorado drug testing and alcohol testing procedures are guided by the federal and state laws, such as: the American Disability Act, unemployment and privacy laws. The use of medical marijuana is legal in the State of Colorado. However, there are rigorous rules governing the use of medical marijuana.
|Statute of Order :||
The State of Colorado has no statutes governing drug and alcohol testing policy in the workplace. However, the State uses the provisions in the American Disability Act, federal and state laws such as unemployment and privacy laws as guidelines in handling drug policy issues in the workplace.
|Covered Employers :||
Public and private employers
|Employer Compliance :||
There are no statutes that restrict employers to conduct drug and alcohol testing. Hence, they are free to do so, for as long as they do not violate the rights of individuals, such as the privacy and discrimination.
|Applicant Testing :||
Employers have the prerogative to require drug and alcohol testing for applicants.
|Employee Testing :||
Employers are free to require drug and alcohol testing on their employees. Testing must be required only when utterly needed.
|Conditions and Methods :||
|Important Bullet Points :||
|Medical Marijuana Law:||Colo. Const. Art. XVIII Section 14|
|Applicability:||Law applies to physicians, patients and caregivers|
|Quantity Allowed:||Less than or equal to 2oz or 6 plants with only 3 able to produce usable product. Patient may raise an affirmative defense if greater amount is needed for debilitating condition.|
|How Obtained:||Growing is permitted but details not specified.|
|Liability Protections:||Physicians: protected from criminal prosecution when recommending Marijuana for medical use Patients and Caregivers: have an affirmative defense if physician diagnosed and advised use of Medical Marijuana permitted quantity and if registered with I.D. Card.|
|Statutory Requirements for Authorized Use:||Registry Card required. Must be Colorado resident and registered with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Current Colorado physician diagnosis required (2 physicians diagnosis required for minors). Annual renewal with written documentation provided.|
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