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Workplace worries over pot

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Updated: 1/28 7:56 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- If medical marijuana becomes legal in Florida, many potential users will soon realize they can’t light up anytime they want, especially at work.

Bob Glaeser, general manager of Coastal Cab in Atlantic Beach, told Action News that his drivers know they can’t work under the influence of drugs like marijuana.
Glaeser said when it comes to driving vehicles, the policy will never change even if the law does.

"We are concerned about it," said Glaeser. "We won't let a driver drive on a prescribed drug that prohibits them from driving."

Even local cab drivers in favor of legalization, like Misha Johnson, realize their sobriety at work is a matter of life and death.

"We can't do any kind of drugs because we are responsible for people's lives and safety. So I think it's good we are not allowed to do it," said Johnson.

But according to Florida’s Drug-Free Workplace Act, prescription drugs, as pot may become, “shall be taken into account in interpreting any positive confirmed results" of drug testing. Even for those with pot prescriptions, Glaeser said, "I believe as an industry we would still prohibit the driver from driving for the company."

So companies throughout Florida would have to make individual policies, for employees with pot prescriptions who smoke their medication while off the company clock. Twenty other states have already been adapting to pot legalization.

Disability discrimination laws do not cover users of marijuana even in states where it's legal.
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