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Colorado and Washington Legalize Marijuana

Obama’s reelection isn’t the only thing that rocked the country last Tuesday night.  The news that recreational marijuana use was legalized in Colorado and Washington has come as a surprise to many, and a pleasure to others.

“This is really groundbreaking,” said Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center. “No modern jurisdiction has ever removed the prohibition on the production and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes. … Since no one has done this before, there are a lot of uncertainties.” (source)

 Marijuana-use-legalizedUncertainty, Indeed

Colorado and Washington could potentially serve as a blueprint for the country … whether this goes well or not.  The legislation came fully equipped with regulations.  You must be at least 21-years-old to purchase the product and you can get up to an ounce of it at a specifically designated drug store.  It also allows residents to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes.

How This Affects the Workplace

This new legislation makes it legal to smoke marijuana in the comfort of your home, but not publicly and certainly not in the workplace.  Colorado and Washington residents should expect updated workplace drug policies, outlining what they can expect if they come to work high or smoke on the job.

Since pot is illegal in federal laws, if you’re an employee who receives any federal funding, you should carefully consider smoking at all, says Lori Alderson, and employee attorney at the nationally recognized Arnstein and Lehr law firm. Even if you’re smoking at home, traces of marijuana remains in the body for a long period of time, and you can still be considered “high” on the job if you’re tested positive for pot weeks after you actually smoked. (source)

Can you expect to be fired for coming to work high?  It appears that will be up to your employer.  But why not just be safe rather than sorry, and avoid pot altogether? While the laws may have changed in Colorado and Washington, remember that they did not change in Massachusetts.

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  1. November 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Oh wow, I didn’t know that the new legislation included growing plants as well. I figured that they would only let medical facilities create it, that way it could be taxed.

  2. November 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    It’s going to be awhile before the laws are fully formed for the personal use of Marijuana. I expect to see a lot of issues for the next few years until that occurs.

  3. November 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I’m really surprised that they legalized marijuana. Then again, it was really only a matter of time until it happened.

  4. November 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I didn’t think I would ever see the day when this happened, our society is changing faster than ever!

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