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Employers yet to adjust ganja policies

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 4:32 PM

The Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) says its members have not yet adjusted their workplace policies regarding marijuana despite the decriminalisation of the drug one year ago.

Last year, the government asked employers to review their drug-testing policies after new regulations were passed allowing people to possess up to two ounces of marijuana without being arrested by the police.

But JEF president David Wan says employers are still cautious about workers' use of marijuana as the drug is likely to affect productivity and endanger others.

 

JEF president David Wan

Wan also says none of the approximately 300 JEF members has indicated an intention to increase drug testing to detect the use of ganja among employees.

Instead, he says employers are taking a similar approach with ganja as they take with alcohol.

 

JEF president David Wan

Last year, then Justice Minister Mark Golding encouraged employers to re-examine their policies on marijuana so that they do not exclude potential job seekers who may return positive marijuana results when applying for a job.

Attorney Bert Samuels had said, however, it would be within employers' right to deny employment to anyone.