Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies

Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: A budtender pours marijuana from a jar at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to ban storefront medical marijuana dispensaries and to order them to close or face legal action. The council also voted to instruct staff to draw up a separate ordinance for consideration in about three months that might allow dispensaries that existed before a 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries to continue to operate. It is estimated that Los Angeles has about one thousand such facilities. The ban does not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. The state Supreme Court is expected to consider ruling on whether cities can regulate and ban dispensaries. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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by By KRISTEN WYATT and GENE JOHNSON Associated Press

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Posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

DENVER (AP) -- Pot may be legal, but workers may want to check with their boss first before they grab the pipe or joint during off hours. It's already legal in Washington state and will be in Colorado by January.

Businesses are trying to figure out how to deal with employees who use it on their own time and then fail a drug test.

It is yet another uncertainty that has come with pot legalization as many ask how the laws will affect them. Police departments are especially worried.

Officers take oaths to protect all laws, state and federal. In this case, pot is still prohibited under federal law.

The Seattle police department is reviewing its policies. Their counterparts in Denver say they have no immediate plans to change them.

------ Find Kristen Wyatt at http://www.twitter.com/APkristenwyatt Johnson reported from Seattle and can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/GeneAPSeattle

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