Volume 49, Issue 3 - March 2014


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 on alcohol.”

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.”

—Megan Headley

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