Businesses considering updating drug policy now that medicinal marijuana is legal
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) —
Businesses across the Natural State have to be ready for its employees, who may be considering signing up for medicinal marijuana, now that it's legal.
Arkansas is the latest state to approve using marijuana medicinally.
And while it may be legal now, some employers are still saying they don't want employees using it.
"We have people working in many different capacities around aircraft and various areas where they have to be alert at all times," Shane Carter, a spokesperson for Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, said. “Safety is our priority."
Carter says the airport had an existing rule that the workplace would remain drug-free.
With the new law in place, they plan to add on to its rule, prohibiting employees to use marijuana for medical reasons.
"If someone is found with drugs in her system, regardless of the reason, regardless if they have a prescription, then they could face serious consequences, including termination," Carter said.
He says the main reason for doing this is because employees can go to sensitive safety areas like the airfield.
"We have a small staff and while someone may not be in that area every day there'll be a time, once in a while, where they are and they have to be able to perform their job duties as they change," said Carter. “If you're in that kind of area and you're impaired, that could be fatal."
One business we spoke with over the phone said they hadn't really thought about updating their employee requirements but that they are now going to be considering it.
Carter says even before the state allowed medicinal marijuana, the airport would give random drug tests to their employees.
He says they will continue to test regularly.