Nixa City Council on Monday voted to implement a ban on recreational marijuana use among city employees.
Drew Douglas, the city's director of communications, said the change to the employee handbook applies to both on-the-job and off-the-job use of recreational marijuana. An exemption has been put in place for medical marijuana patients, though the ban regarding on-the-job use still applies.
"The Missouri Constitution says you can't be fired if you have a medical card and it's found in your system," Douglas said, pointing to Amendment 3, which voters approved last year to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Douglas said random drug tests for marijuana would be conducted for employees in safety-sensitive positions or those who utilize commercial driver's licenses as part of their employment.
The policy impacts all municipal employees, including those who work for the Nixa Police Department, Public Works and support departments, he said.
Violations of the policy could result in the termination of employment.
The recreational marijuana market opened to customers in Missouri on Feb. 3, according to past reporting. Amendment 3 changed the state constitution, legalizing the purchase, possession, consumption, delivery, sale and manufacturing of marijuana for adults 21 and older for personal use.
Medical marijuana was legalized by voters in the November 2018 election.
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