Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The laws about marijuana in Wisconsin aren't changing. But recent legalization of recreational marijuana in neighboring states and shifting societal norms are causing employers to rethink how to treat cannabis use.
Calls to MRA's human resources hotline about workplace drug testing increased in recent months. Employers are asking just how exactly the changing tides will affect them.
"It's still a little hazy," said Michael Hyatt, human resources government affairs director at MRA. Pewaukee-based MRA is one of the largest employer associations in the country, with more than 4,000 member organizations.
Legal sales of recreational weed began Dec. 1 in Michigan. In Illinois, legal marijuana sales start on the first of the year. The legislation allows anyone over 21 with valid state ID to purchase marijuana from licensed dealers.
Michigan and Illinois are the 10th and 11th states to allow recreational marijuana.
Even with the legal sale of marijuana, landowners can ban cannabis use and employers can prohibit employees from having THC (the psychoactive agent) in their systems.