Oregon manufacturers continue to support an employer’s right to maintain a drug-free work environment. Following Oregon’s legalization of cannabis in 2014, lawmakers have repeatedly sought to prohibit employers from testing employees for cannabis consumption. While Oregon manufacturers support the individual liberty rights of Oregonians, a modern cannabis impairment test does not exist in a form that is readily available to Oregon employers. As such, it’s impossible for employers to administer onsite cannabis impairment tests in the same way they might for alcohol consumption.
Unless and until such an impairment test becomes available, the risks of cannabis-induced impairment in high-hazard work environments like manufacturing remain too great to allow exemptions from drug-free workplace laws.