Not just guns — Missouri’s medical marijuana law could impact jobs, insurance policies

When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, the state saw a spike in drug screening failures by truckers, with as many as 60 percent flunking tests required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Missouri hasn’t legalized marijuana for recreational use, but Overland Park attorney Jason Roth said he still thinks truckers and those who work in other “safety-sensitive” industries could be in for a shock when the state rolls out its new medical marijuana program next year.

“My suspicion is that a lot of people are going to be caught by surprise,” said Roth, who handles trucking-related personal injury cases in Missouri and Kansas. “I don’t know that the majority of folks that are going for a pre-employment drug screen are going to have researched the implications of medical marijuana.”

Missouri voters opted this month to join more than 30 states in legalizing marijuana for medical use.

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