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The Elko Daily Free Press is counting down the days until marijuana is legal in Nevada by answering questions concerning the law.

Q: If an employee tests positive for marijuana after Jan. 1 is his or her job secure?

A: Depending on the employer, testing positive for marijuana could mean the employee faces a suspension or loss of a job.

The passage of Question 2 means people 21 and older can possess up to one ounce of marijuana, but that law does not negate drug policies of companies.

Many companies, including Newmont Mining Corp. and Barrick Gold Corp., already have policies that do not allow for the use of marijuana.

Newmont said its policy “ensures a substance-free workplace.

“Components of the policy include pre-employment drug and alcohol screens as well as random workplace screens,” the company stated. “In addition, screening occurs for reasonable suspicion and post-incident situations.”

Newmont also already prohibits any drug or alcohol use in the workplace “regardless if medically authorized marijuana is involved.”

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Other companies, such as Cashman Equipment, also have drug policies.

When asked if the company was concerned about marijuana becoming legal in Nevada, Kate Gallagher, the marketing communicator for Cashman said, “no.”

“If an employee tests positive for marijuana, there will be consequences,” she said.

In 2017, people should check with their employer before lighting up after work.

Anyone with questions about marijuana becoming legal should email news@elkodaily.com.

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