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