70% OF BUSI­NESSES IN NORTH­ERN COLO. STILL TEST FOR POT

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Five years af­ter sales and use of recre­ational pot were le­gal­ized, a re­cent study con­ducted by Moun­tain States Em­ploy­ers Coun­cil found that nearly 70 per­cent of north­ern Colorado em­ploy­ers have some sort of drug test­ing pol­icy, and al­most all of them still test for pot. The study also showed more than half of em­ploy­ers fire em­ploy­ees for a pos­i­tive test, some af­ter the first of­fense.

Work­ers at Nor­folk Iron and Metal north of Gree­ley un­dergo ran­dom drug tests af­ter an ini­tial pre-em­ploy­ment drug test. If their re­sults are pos­i­tive, for weed or any other il­licit drugs, they lose their jobs, branch man­ager Ron Wilde­man said. Wilde­man said that’s for safety — the work­ers op­er­ate heavy ma­chin­ery on a daily ba­sis.

John Rother­ham, who owns Na­ture’s Herbs and Wellness pot shop in Gar­den City, said try­ing the mar­i­juana prod­ucts al­lows his em­ploy­ees to bet­ter as­sist their cus­tomers. Rother­ham said his em­ploy­ees shouldn’t be no­tice­ably stoned at work, but light­ing up off the clock ul­ti­mately makes them bet­ter em­ploy­ees for the busi­ness. — The Gree­ley Tri­bune

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