How SynchronyHR Can Help Missouri Businesses Navigate Marijuana Legalization
Updated: Mar 9
The legalization of marijuana, whether for medical or recreational use, has been slowly making its way across the country. As of December 2022, Missouri has been added to the list of states introducing new marijuana legislation.
These changes, however, have an enormous impact on employers who now have to navigate and implement marijuana policies in the workplace.
Many businesses rely on a member of their human resources team to tackle evolving marijuana laws. Those that need assistance can turn to SynchronyHR, a St. Louis-based human resources outsourcing (HRO) organization.
Here's how our team of human resources professionals can help businesses with the latest in marijuana legalization.
Create Drug Use and Possession Policies
Many states that have legalized cannabis may still have state laws that prohibit the use, or even the presence, of cannabis or cannabis-containing products at work. Whether a business enforces a drug-free workplace or a set of rules that follow state law, a solid workplace drug policy is needed so as to clearly define use and possession parameters for employees.
A workplace drug policy should be very specific, and managers should receive training in order to effectively communicate these policies. They should also know what to do if a problem does arise, such as an employee coming to work under the influence when such behavior is not permitted.
Our human resources professionals can help avoid these challenges by providing consultation on HR regulations to help avoid claims, and prevent infringement and potential regulatory fines.
Drug testing updates can also be difficult for businesses to keep track of. In Missouri, Amendment 3 does not impact any drug testing requirements established by federal law. Most federal contractors and all federal grantees are required by law to establish and maintain a drug-free workplace policy.
The SynchronyHR team can assist with a range of comprehensive drug screening procedures, and make sure businesses in Missouri are aware of state and/or jurisdiction's rules so as to help avoid compliance-related fines and legal challenges.
Marijuana laws are always changing, and it's good practice to align yourself with professionals that can keep you informed. Interested in learning more? Our human resources experts are here to help! Reach out today to schedule a free consultation.
* This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as legal advice or guidance.