Hanford, WA Employees Canned in Marijuana Witch Hunt


Marijuana at workImagine this scenario: A bag of pot is found somewhere in your workplace, it wasn’t yours, but you had smoked pot recently… and now your employer is forcing the entire staff to take a drug test.

Well, this isn’t a riddle. It’s an account of a true story that occured at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility of Hanford, Washington. What happened next is a little confusing, but all true.

Of those employees asked to take the drug test following the ┬ádiscovery of the bag of marijuana, a handful resigned instead of taking the test–another handful failed the urine drug test and were subsequently terminated. Too bad they didn’t have some fast detox pills

One could argue that employers have the right to drug test randomly–but there was nothing random about these drug tests. Couldn’t you therefore argue (as I would if I were the attorney of one of these canned employees) that forcing a drug test after finding illegal drugs is a violation not unlike unlawful search without a warrant? What’s the difference?

Now here’s where it gets interesting. Of those who resigned rather than giving into taking the drug test for marijuana, all had their employment reinstated. Of those who failed, none returned, nor are the expected to return (this incident occurred one month ago.) Naturally and quite conveniently, the employer notes that those who resigned did so coincidentally and for reasons not associated with the bag of goodies.

We had hoped for better from the Washington state legal system–hopefully the jury is still out on this one.



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  8. sheri October 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I am the wife of one of those employee’s that were fired. He passed his first test and by hearsay from another employee, he was carted off without union representation and made to pee in front of someone and then was dismissed until the second results came back. He was the only one who had to take a second test and the only one made to stay home until his results came back. All of the employee’s also had their drug paperwork marked as “Pre-employment” instead of reasonable suspicion. Makes one wonder doesn’t it?

    • DrugTestDave October 25, 2011 at 4:32 am

      Thanks so much for writing to me. It really does make you wonder what kind of legal system would consider that justice. Please keep us posted and we wish you guys the best of luck moving forward. Don’t forget you have friends you don’t even know :) We’re all in this fight together!

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    All things sadly considered Dave you do a great job of bringing some important questions to light. We really enjoy your writing and to be frank we know some people who have been able to pass drug tests because of advice you gave them along the way. Marijuana being illegal is just crazy as all get out so we have to protect eachother like the frigging French Underground in WWII. But it is what it is and some of us are grateful to our sherpas along the way. Best from Franklin, MO -Doug

  15. SG January 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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