This article appeared online (Dec. 11, 2014) and in print (Dec. 3, 2014) in Cascade Business News, written by Ball Janik LLP attorneys Peter Hicks and Jacob Zahniser.
In Washington, and soon-to-be Oregon since the passage of Measure 91, construction workers and employees may legally possess and use marijuana. What does that mean for the job site?
Although construction workers and employees may now legally possess and use marijuana, nothing under Washington or Oregon law permits any worker or employee to possess or use marijuana while he or she is on the job.
Considering substance use is recognized as prevalent among construction workers, employers such as general contractors, developers and owners should take necessary and appropriate steps to prevent employees from operating dangerous and complex machinery, performing construction work, and otherwise completing construction-related tasks while under the influence of marijuana. Read more here.