Georgia Drug Testing Laws and Regulations
|Statute of Order:||Ga. Code Ann. §45- 23-1 et seq. §45-20-110 et seq., 34-9-410 et seq.|
|Covered Employers:||State government employers, public schools, and entities that furnish transportation services to school systems; private employers.|
|Applicant Testing:||Testing authorized of applicants for state government employment, public school employment, and private employment. Applicant who refuses to be tested or who tests positive may be barred from state and public school employment for 2 years.|
|Employee Testing:||Testing authorized, including random testing, on reasonable suspicion, as part of routine fitness-for-duty exam, after an on- the-job injury, and as part of follow-up to rehabilitation. Policy must be distributed to employees and posted. Testing confers eligibility for certain discounts and other benefits under the state's workers' compensation law. Random testing of "high risk" state government and public school employees including school bus drivers is authorized under separate provisions.|
|Conditions & Methods:||Methods to assure privacy for employee in collection of specimen, and methods of collection, storage, and transportation that ensure noncontamination of specimen, and confidentiality of test. Confirming test after positive result.|
|Medical Marijuana:||The state of Georgia has not passed any house bill regarding the use/possession of marijuana for medical reasons. The concept in the establishment of a medical marijuana program is for seriously ill patients to find a way to alleviate pain by using marijuana, as recommended by a certified physician. The patient will be issued a medical marijuana card so he can purchase and/or cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes. On March 28, 2013, the state of Georgia Legislature closed with no action from the legislators to pass a house bill to protect medical marijuana patients. The premise is that, once caught, a patient is subjected to the marijuana laws of the state.|
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