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Do new marijuana laws affect your drug policies?

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Voters in Colorado and Washington state recently approved legalization of marijuana for recreational use, and 17 states have already OK’d medical pot. But take note: Employers—even in those states—can still set strict drug-use policies for their employees and punish employees who fail drug tests. In fact, several large employers in Washington—including Boeing and Costco—have said they’ll continue to prohibit marijuana usage regardless of state law.

The Colorado law explicitly says, “Nothing in this (law) is intended to require an employer to permit or to accommodate (marijuana’s) use … or to affect the ability of employers to have policies restricting the use of marijuana by employees.”

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Malcolm Kyle January 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana, or Cocaine, to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

The situation everywhere will continue to deteriorate while prohibitionists will continue to attempt to blame the negative ramifications on the users –rather than on the fundamental paradox of handing an entire sector of the economy to organized crime. By falsely denouncing drug users, or attacking those of us who advocate for a more sane way of dealing with this problem, prohibitionists are serving to greatly perpetuate prohibition’s deadly consequences rather than alleviating them in any way.

Everybody who supports prohibition needs to understand that there is a human cost associated with this dangerous and failed policy. Every time they assert their support for it, they are not only further under-mining the economy but also condemning thousands more to death.

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M McL January 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Boeing and Costco—have said they’ll continue to prohibit marijuana usage regardless of state law.”>until theyre sued in a state court.

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M McL January 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm

CA has it perfect>an infraction if under an OZ>that way it cant be taxed by maggots.

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electedface January 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Estimates show that marijuana is America’s number one cash crop. However, marijuana remains untaxed. This is a new source of income for our nation, an income we desperately need.

Over 500 of the nation’s top economic professors have shared their opinion in supporting the removal of prohibition and imposing the taxation and regulation of marijuana as a way to slow the federal deficit.

Marijuana prohibition is costing America upwards of $20 billion annually. The hemp industry would not only create jobs, it would free up court time and jail space for real criminals among many other benefits. The list could go on.

Sign the petition in the video description.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tUy6fylQs

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