West Virginia Drug Testing Laws
West Virginia has taken steps to ensure that drug testing in the workplace respects both the rights of employers to maintain drug-free environments and the rights of employees to privacy and fairness.
Marijuana in West Virginia: Medical marijuana use is legal in West Virginia with a prescription. Recreational marijuana use remains illegal. While employers are not required to accommodate medical marijuana use, they must be mindful of discrimination issues regarding the medical condition of the cardholder.
For a deeper understanding and specific details, visit West Virginia's code on Labor here.
|Drug Testing Issue||Status||Comments|
|Instant or POCT Testing||Allowed||Subject to employer's policy and privacy considerations.|
|Drug Panels||Not Specifically Detailed||Determined by the employer's discretion.|
|Laboratory||Recommended||Use of SAMHSA-certified labs is advisable.|
|Medical Review Officer (MRO)||Recommended||Helps in accurate results interpretation.|
|Random Testing||Allowed||Particularly for safety-sensitive positions.|
|Post-Accident||Allowed||Based on the employer's policy and the specifics of the incident.|
|Reasonable Suspicion||Allowed||Based on credible evidence or observation.|
|Oral Fluids||Not Specifically Detailed||Depends on employer policy.|
|Hair Testing||Not Specifically Detailed||Based on employer preference.|
|Unemployment Denial||Possible||If proven violation of the employer's drug-free policy.|
|Workers Comp Premium Reduction||Not Available||WV doesn't provide this incentive.|
|Intoxication Defense||Allowed||Useful if injury was due to drug/alcohol use by the employee.|
|Medical Marijuana||Allowed with prescription||No mandated employer accommodation.|
|Recreational Marijuana||Not Allowed||Remains illegal in West Virginia.|
|Report Driver DOT Positives||As per federal guidelines||Federal DOT regulations must be adhered to.|
|General Statute||W. Va. Code §21-3A-5 and others||Details the rights and obligations related to drug testing.|
Remember, while the information provided here offers a general overview, laws and regulations can change, and nuances or specifics may not be covered. Always consult with a legal professional for comprehensive advice.
- Answered by: Andrew David Easler, Esq.
- Published: 12/19/2022
- Updated: 11/03/2023
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