by Kimberly Kolliner
Monday, January 30th 2017
MEDFORD, Ore. – Regardless of if it’s legal in the state, right now, failing a marijuana drug test could cost you your job.
“For us, marijuana is still classified federally as a schedule 1 controlled substance so we do include it in our drug screening,” People’s Bank Chief Operating Officer, Jeri Reno.
However, this may change.
The Oregon Senate has introduced Bill 301, which proposes marijuana testing in the work place to be illegal, because its use in the state is legal.
This is something that Reno sees no immediate threat with.
“I think that’s going to be a wave of the future in that just like alcohol, marijuana is going to be used recreational and it would be honored as such. I think we’ll just see what it brings,” Reno said.
As an employer, Reno says work performance is the only thing she would be concerned with.
Something the bill also clearly outlines.
“We essentially are looking for employees who are productive and without possibility of being impaired in the workplace,” Reno said.
She believes if marijuana is used on employees off time, it should have no burden on employees while they’re on the clock.
“I would think our employees would continue to be responsible in the way they use marijuana or alcohol and I wouldn’t see much difference in the workplace,” Reno said.