Commissioners Revise County Employee Drug Testing Policy

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New Policies Drafted to Address Use, Possession of Medical Marijuana on County Time, Property

The Board of Commissioners for Washita County has approved changes to the county’s drug and alcohol testing policy to reflect recent changes to Oklahoma law regarding the medical use of marijuana.

The county’s new policy, adopted Feb. 4, 2019, with a Feb. 15, 2019, effective date, includes specific language regarding the use and possession of marijuana on county time and property regardless of the employee’s possession of a valid medical marijuana license.

“However, county prohibits all employees - including those with valid medical marijuana licenses - from using or possession marijuana while on county’s premises or during the hours of an employee’s employment,” the policy reads. “This prohibition against marijuana use or possession applies to any of county’s properties or work sites, including exterior areas, parking locations, personal vehicles, or county vehicles, and during any hours of employment when an employee is performing work or providing services. This prohibition also applies to customer, client, or other third-party locations or premises where an employee is performing work or providing services. If an employee’s hours of employment include transporation or travel, then the prohibition against marijuana use or possession applies to the transporation or travel time.”

 

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