Springfield Chamber of Commerce and local employers talk about medical marijuana in businesses

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Medical marijuana is slowly becoming more available to Missourians and employers are reviewing their drug testing policies.

The Springfield Chamber of Commerce invited local employers to join the conversation.

They’re concerned about the possibility of medical marijuana affecting their day to day but a drug testing company is offering solutions.

Angela Garrison, president of Tomo drug testing, said she suggests employers update their policies by clarifying which jobs are absolutely drug-free.

“If you have a drug-free workplace policy, that’s excellent. But, what are you gonna do when you have a medical marijuana positive? So they should be determining what positions within their organization are safety-sensitive,” Garrison said. “So there’s certain positions within organizations that you probably don’t want people coming to work using medical marijuana. And then there’s some positions that safety isn’t as big of a concern. So employers right now need to be determining those different positions, and then drafting policy around that.”

Garrison says this is her safety-sensitive approach that will help keep people safe at work.

Garrison believes safety should always trump what’s going on with medical marijuana and those with medical marijuana cards should still get drug tested.

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