Marijuana: The benefits and challenges facing contractors, employees

Legal recreational use of marijuana was approved by Colorado voters in the last election, and went into effect Jan. 1, 2014.  It is also legal in the state of Washington. How is this affecting your business? Some areas of concern to consider are: One of the biggest sources of concern with legal marijuana is testing. As might be expected, there is concern from a safety and liability perspective too. It is up to the employer to put in the terms of employment that an employee can’t show up for work impaired.  

“I don’t want my employees to be able to jump over the border for the weekend, smoke marijuana, and use the fact that it’s legal there as an excuse when they come to work on Monday.”  That’s what Jerry Phillips, president of Design Comfort in Salt Lake City, Utah, had to say about legal recreational marijuana in Colorado.

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