Dayton business will not allow employees to use medical marijuana

Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor cultivation in Montevideo December 6, 2013. Uruguay's senate will vote on December 10 to create a government body to control the cultivation and sale of marijuana and allow residents to grow it at home or as part of smoking clubs. The use of marijuana is already legal in the South American nation, but sale and cultivation is not. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure, which is backed by leftist President Jose Mujica. Picture taken December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Andres Stapff)
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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton company will not allow its employees to use medical marijuana even though it will soon be legal in our state.

BarryStaff, a business that recruits workers for manufacturing companies announced on Monday it won’t be changing its drug and alcohol policy and that employees and future hires who test positive for pot will be fired or won’t be hired.

“As of right now the Americans with Disabilities Act states we do not have to make a reasonable accommodation for medical marijuana and we don’t feel that it creates a safe working environment for someone to walk in there under the influence of marijuana,” said the company’s president, Doug Barry.

Governor Kasich signed the bill earlier this month. It makes Ohio the 25th state in the country to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. The legislation allows employers to keep their drug and alcohol policies as it is, or make changes to allow medical marijuana.

Ohio Patients Network has been pushing for the legalization for years. According to the non-profit’s executive director, Robert Ryan, businesses not willing to change their drug and alcohol policies to allow employees to use medical marijuana, like BarryStaff, should reconsider.

“I think the company in question will find itself isolated eventually and be the loner to the side when the rest of them are engaging in businesses and putting people to work and being rational and reasonable about peoples medical conditions,” Ryan said.

According to him, business who allow the use of medical marijuana could also give the state an economic boost.

“The employers here in Ohio are having a tough time fulfilling critical functions cause they do this screening for the drug tests and you hear over and over and over again, ‘Okay, I failed the marijuana test, ugh, and they were really good. Good at what they did and they failed and our policy is kind of binding us,'” said Ryan.

The president of BarryStaff sees no problem in his company’s policy and says keeping employees safe is the main priority.

“This is not a discrimination against the people who are using medical marijuana. It’s all about work safety and work place safety,” Barry said.

According to the law if you violate your company’s rule and are fired, you will not receive unemployment compensation.

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