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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:14 PM

Question about legal pot in CO & WA

So, lots of employers get discounts on various forms of insurance for having a "drug free workplace." To document this, they urine test employees. Often, it's just a one-time test at the outset of employment, but some employers randomly test (especially drivers). Did either state address this in their laws? Will employers still be able to deny all or some employments based on a positive test for Marijuana?

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OmahaBlueDog Dec 2012 OP
Suich Dec 2012 #1
doc03 Dec 2012 #2
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #3
doc03 Dec 2012 #4
Logical Dec 2012 #5
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #6
jberryhill Dec 2012 #7

Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:29 PM

1. No, this was not addressed in the law in WA.

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It remains to be seen how this affects the employer/employee relationship. There seem to be a lot more questions than answers now. The Governor is working with Holder's office and the Washington State Liquor Control Board is working on a plan to determine growers, distributors, etc. They estimate it will take the better part of a year.

So far, the only definite thing I've seen, is that the Seattle Police have said they will ignore possession of less than an ounce for people over 21.

On edit, just found this article:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Legal-pot-complicates-drug-free-work-policies-182611111.html

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:46 PM

2. So what if you would use pot while on vacation in CO

and your employer in Ohio finds it in a test and fires you? They fire you in Ohio because it is an illegal drug but you never broke any laws in CO. The company I worked for changed hands and the new owner took hair samples and fired a co-worker of mine with 35 years service.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:00 AM

3. There's a company in Ohio that tests you for nicotine and fires you if you come up positive

 

Legality of drugs doesn't matter.

courts have upheld it, too.

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Response to RomneyLies (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:08 AM

4. Wow, where are we Russia?

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Response to doc03 (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:13 AM

5. Well, my company bans drinks at lunch! I am ok with that.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:16 AM

6. Nope, it's called "Scott's"

 

And if you partake of nicotine, you are GONE!

So drug testing policies regarding cannabis are fine even if it's 100% legal naitonwide.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:43 AM

7. You can be fired for smoking tobacco

I don't see what the legality of pot has to do with it. There are employers who do not hire tobacco smokers either.

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