Colorado Contract Glaziers Just Say No
to Use of Newly Legalized Marijuana
Tourists have been flocking to Colorado these past couple
months, and it’s not just for views of the Rocky Mountains. Effective
January 1, 2014, Colorado’s Amendment 64 began allowing for the recreational
use of marijuana for people 21 and older. Employees in the state, however,
including those in the glass industry, are being cautioned to remember
that their employers still hold the right to fire them for on- or off-duty
use of the drug.
Marty Richardson, sales manager for Metropolitan Glass in Denver, notes
that the company has not changed its policies to spell out specifically
that the substance shouldn’t be used at the workplace.
“We do have a written drug and alcohol policy,” Richardson says. “It’s
included in our employee handbook and is given to all new employees when
hired. We maintain a ‘no drug or alcohol’ workplace.”
The same goes for contract glazier Alliance Glazing Technologies. Craig
Carson, regional preconstruction manager for the company in Englewood,
Colo., says, “we treat it just like if somebody came in and was drunk
As Carson points out, it’s still an illegal substance as far as the federal
government is concerned. As a result, the company is treating it as a
potential workplace hazard covered by their drug policy.
Carson adds that in the event of an accident, employees are subjected
to a drug test.
“Now do I think some people partake? Yeah, I think they probably do,”
says Carson, a self-proclaimed “square.” He adds that what people do in
their off-time is their business, “as long as they don’t bring it to work
or are inhibited when they get here.”
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