Local Businesses Looking Closer at Drug Testing Policies
Making pot legal here in Washington won't only change things from a criminal standpoint, but it could also change things for businesses.a lot of them are taking a closer look at their drug testing policies. There's more to legalizing marijuana in Washington than just the criminal impact. For example, businesses like Matson Fruit Company might have to re-think their drug testing policy on employees. Daryl Matson, Matson Fruit Company’s HR director says Matson Fruit frequently screens about 80 of almost 300 employees for drugs. The company maintains it's a matter of safety. Our news partner KIMA Action News checked with other big local business about what this means to their policies. The city of Yakima, Yakima transit, ESD 105, businesses and assisted living communities. They all said there are no plans to change their drug testing policies and that they are following federal law that still says pot is illegal. Matson says he's now considering testing more employees with I-502 passing and expects other businesses to do the same. Employers say even if marijuana is legal, they don't want anyone working who is high. Washington plans to use 40 percent of the taxes raised from marijuana in the general fund. The rest would go to drug prevention, research, education and health care.