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With the recent progress of cannabis legalization, it may beg the question of, ‘will jobs still drug test employees or potential employees?’ While most places of employment do indeed drug test their employees, there are plenty of jobs available that don’t require you to clear your system. Many of these places are even large chains. Fortunately, we did some research and put together a list of jobs that WILL NOT test you for cannabis usage.

Companies That Don’t Drug Test Employees for Weed

Target

Target is one of the greatest general merchandising stores in the world. They are also one of the few large companies that do not test for drugs like cannabis. This goes for most employees. The few positions that get drug tested are the ones who are required to operate a vehicle. They must be conducted within 24 hours of accepting the job offer. Target will let you know whether or not the position requires a drug test upon their job offer. Other than that, a drug test may happen if any employee has a major accident while on the job and requests workers’ compensation.

Whole Foods… and Trader Joe’s and Sprouts!

This natural and organic supermarket chain is known for fresh quality and holistic alternatives. They also don’t drug test. Furthermore, neither Trader Joe’s nor Sprouts drug test their employees. Though, this really shouldn’t surprise anybody. Trader Joe’s encourages their store employees to build trust with each other. You can find any three of these stores in legal cannabis states like Nevada, California, and New York.

Gap

Gap was a little hard to pin down as far as if they drug test or not. One source includes them in a list of companies that don’t drug test employees but fails to mention that Gap has a similar policy to Target. So, if you are not planning on operating a vehicle, like a forklift, then you are probably okay to keep using cannabis if your state is legal. But don’t forget, if you are in an accident on the clock, you may be subjected to a drug test. If you are in a legal state, just be responsible for your cannabis use. Don’t do anything that may run the risk of a drug test or jeopardize your job. Of course, talk to the specific location to confirm their policy.

Amazon

Though this company administers drug tests, Amazon announced that they will not test for marijuana during drug tests. They made this announcement a few months back in June. The conditions really fall under whether or not the position is regulated by the US Department of Transportation. Otherwise, using weed will be equivalent to using alcohol in their eyes.

Companies That Don’t Drug Test Their Employees For Weed

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Kroger

Kroger is another supermarket that does not typically drug test its employees. Based upon your criminal history check, you may be required to take a drug test, though. This typically is for someone who has had trouble in the past with specific drugs or has been having issues recently with them. Typically though, in a state that has legalized cannabis, you won’t be hassled for cannabis use outside of work. You might be thinking, “there’s no Kroger near me. There’s just a Food 4 Less and a Ralphs.” Well luckily for you, those are a part of the Kroger Company family. So if you are in Illinois, you could enjoy all the cannabis you want and work at a Food 4 Less.

Apple

Apple is one of the leading tech companies in the world. However, staying consistent with their tech industry peers, Apple has no known drug tests for its employees. Whether you are coming to work in stocking or if you are looking to join a management position, Apple will not require a drug test from you. Again, there are conditions where they may do so, like performance issues that are being speculated as a result of some sort of drug use or an injury on the job. However, Apple believes that the zero-tolerance drug policies can limit talents. This is a great tech company that doesn’t care if you enjoy consuming cannabis. Just stay on top of your work and they won’t bother you.

Cannabis Industry

An obvious choice for most cannabis users would be to look into the cannabis industry itself. There are a huge variety of jobs in the industry that are available for all professions.

There are many entry level jobs within retail in the cannabis industry. These are positions like driver, budtender, and receptionist. Typically if you have a bit more cannabis knowledge, you’d be a budtender. If the dispensary is large enough, they will require stockers to make sure their shelves and products in the back are unpacked and accounted for. For more experienced positions, there are general managers, inventory managers, and security. In California, working for any smaller dispensaries like Calma and Tree Factory are a great place to start working in the industry, and not get drug tested.

Lab Testing is an essential part of legitimizing the cannabis industry. Lab testers test crops to provide cultivators with information regarding their purity. Purity testing tests for any residual solvents like pesticides, fungus, and mold. Cannabinoid classification, DNA strain, and potency are essential for the distributors. This protects them by having the correct, lab tested information and provides the crucial part of legitimizing legal cannabis sales.

If you are interested in cultivation, there are some obvious jobs you can have. Running a farm that grows some of America’s top cannabis requires employees to do way more than just water plants. There are complex jobs like running irrigation, controlling nutrients, and cryo curing. In addition, there are still solid entry level jobs like trimming and packaging.

Marketing in the cannabis industry is something that you can do and not get drug tested for. In essence, it’s about getting exposure to someone or something in order to generate sales. In the cannabis industry, there are a ton of cannabis brands that are trying to make it in the young market, with twice as many dispensaries trying to open up. Having the right marketing team and strategy can give you an absolute edge against the competition. Here, at Respect My Region, a cannabis marketing agency and publication, we don’t drug test our employees. Doing so would restrict our team from getting first-hand experiences of the products. Which would hurt the creativity and information that we provide brands, companies, and consumers.

If you’re a heavy cannabis consumer, consider a career or side hustle as a weed reviewer or journalist. You can get great discounts, free products, interact with awesome people, and make money. And of course there are no drug tests!

The Reality

Just because cannabis is legal in certain states, doesn’t mean a company will allow it. There are many reasons for this other than legalization status. There can be liability like working with people or potentially dangerous equipment. Another reason could be just because a company is nationwide and wants to keep a uniform policy across the board. This could be the reason why McDonald’s and Disneyland still test for THC in the body.

Hopefully, the future holds more acceptance of cannabis and companies won’t test for THC whether the state is legal or not.

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