As states around the country take steps to legalize marijuana or relax their weed laws, questions are being raised about how marijuana issues will play out in other states that still have strict laws.

One of the leading questions for many people is: will companies continue to conduct drug testing, both during the job interview process and randomly while a person is employed?

Here’s what you should know:

  • Most companies will continue to test. While private companies are not legally required to test, they often receive discounts on workers’ compensation and other benefits if they conduct routine drug testing.
  • Any company receiving federal funding, as well as most government agencies, are required to conduct drug testing. Since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, these companies are required to conduct testing as part of the terms for receiving this funding.
  • Most jobs with transportation or driving requirements will conduct testing. This is an industry standard that will likely not go away, regardless of laws that may be passed in the future.
  • It is also important that you understand that the state of Texas still strictly enforces marijuana possession laws. You are not likely to be penalized for a positive drug test, but if you are caught with marijuana, you are at risk of losing your driver’s license or facing much more severe penalties and fines.

If you are facing marijuana charges of any kind, it is important that you seek the best representation you can. The outcome of your case and the penalties that you will receive will come down to the attorney you have advocating on your behalf to prosecutors and the court. Attorney Larry P. McDougal provides skilled criminal defense representation and will work aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.