Legalization of CBD Oil May Mean More Employer Headaches

OMA Connections Partner Bricker & Eckler has published new analysis of what Ohio’s legalization of products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) means for employers. According to the firm’s experts, legalization under Ohio law does not alter employers’ obligations to drug-test certain employees under federal law. Pilots, CDL drivers, mass transit, pipeline industry workers, and many others in safety-sensitive positions are still subject to applicable random testing requirements, and covered employers must be mindful of these obligations. The analysis notes that a high enough quantity of CBD oil consumed through edibles, vaping, or other non-topical means could result in impairment and a positive drug test. 8/6/2019