Recreational marijuana rules in the workplace, driving expected to be similar to other legal drugs

Arizona voters pass Prop 207

Rules for recreational marijuana when driving, at work

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona voters passed Proposition 207 and legalized recreational marijuana. Similar to driving under the influence of alcohol, Arizonans will not be allowed to drive while impaired by marijuana to “even the slightest degree,” according to the proposition.

“It will be treated in Arizona now as any other legal drug," said attorney Bob St. Clair. "Similar say to alcohol or cold medicine.”

St. Clair said he expects employers will take a similar approach to their employees using recreational marijuana.

“Employer workplace rules will not primarily change as a result of the recreational aspect," he said.

Prop 207 gives employers the right to have a drug-free workplace. An employer isn’t required to allow or accommodate use, consumption or possession at work.

“Moderate use makes more sense than anything else," St. Clair said. "If you show up at work and you’re obviously high, you’re going to get sent home just like if you show up at work and you’re obviously intoxicated.”

However, alcohol leaves the body much faster which becomes a factor if your workplace has drug tests.

“Residual effects of marijuana stay in the blood stream significantly longer," he said. "So, if you’re subject to drug testing, you should consider that before having a joint tonight.”

You can likely start buying marijuana recreationally sometime in the spring.

“I kind of view this as how was beer viewed the day after the prohibition ended? Well maybe everybody went out and got drunk for a day or two but at the end of the week, everyone still had to go to work, make a buck and make a living," St. Clair said.

Under Arizona law, it’s illegal to drive while under the influence of any drug or combination of liquor and drugs if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.

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