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Employers Urged to Put in Place Drug Policies For Legal Marijuana

Employers, including small businesses, should put in place employee drug policies to deal with legalized marijuana.

Employee drug use, which includes marijuana, costs businesses more than $129 billion a year in lost revenue, and can cost a small business up to $7,000 a month in lost productivity, according to Jo McGuire, director of compliance and corporate training at Conspire!, a Colorado Springs, Colo., drug testing company.

“For a small business owner, that can knock the wind out of their sails,” said McQuire who spoke on the topic of Marijuana and Workplace Challenges at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Gold Dust West Friday. “That’s why we recommend that employers have a drug and alcohol policy.”

McQuire said the key is to have a written policy, communicate it effectively to all employees and enforce it uniformly.

She said if a business plans to do random testing, for example, the business must be consistent and not discriminate.

If an employer suspects an employee of being under the influence of marijuana, then test them for cause, McGuire said. [Read more at the Nevada Appeal]

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