Drug-free work places unlikely to change, experts say

Posted: May 30, 2017 at 1:06 a.m.

Martin Murillo works on the floor May 10 at FM Corporation in Rogers. J. Bruce Cross, a labor law attorney in Little Rock, advised caution for companies in regards to drug-free policies. The legal issues aren’t as clear-cut as either medical marijuana proponents or drug-free workplace advocates would like them to be, he said.

Michael Watts runs a factory where cranes move heavy molds and machinery, hoisting them overhead. Nearby presses hold molten plastics under intense heat and pressure. The most dangerous piece of machinery there, he says, is a common forklift.

Juan Yanez navigates the floor in a forklift May 10 at FM Corp. in Rogers. The company has a drug-free workplace policy and intends to keep it. The pr...

Michael Watts, chief executive officer, speaks May 10 in his office at FM Corp. in Rogers. Watts’ factory uses cranes and forklifts to move heavy mold...

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Updates to the medical marijuana process in Arkansas are available here.

Commission decisions

Arkansas’ Medical Marijuana Commission decided earlier this year to authorize 32 dispensaries and five cultivation facilities. Some marijuana sales could occur before January, as production gets under way, according to an estimate from the state Department of Finance and Administration.

Source: Staff report

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