- Caitlin Hendee
- Digital Producer / Social Engagement Manager- Denver Business Journal
If you had any notion that the idea of drug testing by a company that sells marijuana products is a little far-fetched, think again.
OpenVape, Colorado’s largest cannabis company with growth of 800 to 1,600 percent over the last few years, announced that it will begin testing employees for drugs other than marijuana. OpenVape sells cannabis oil as well as vaporizers and other marijuana-related products.
Thursday’s announcement comes shortly after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he would work with lawmakers to remove marijuana from the list of federally illegal “scheduled substances.”
“We at OpenVape believe that listing cannabis as a Schedule 1 dangerous drug hinders progress because it vilifies many consumers who are a vital part of the workforce and active contributors to society,” said Todd Mitchem, chief revenue officer for OpenVape.
Mitchem said drug screening employees is part of OpenVape’s goal to place a marked division between cannabis and any other drugs.
The company says it “we won’t tolerate dangerous drug use by our employees.”
However, “unlike dangerous drugs, cannabis can be part of a healthy lifestyle that promotes wellness,” said Mitchem. “Dangerous drugs have no place in the workplace, and we maintain the right to drug test any of our employees,” he added.
The testing will not extend to cannabis use, although the company’s 125 employees are not allowed to smoke weed before or during work hours.
“But we accept a person’s right to choose cannabis for recreation or medicinal benefit,” Mitchem said.
Caitlin Hendee is digital producer and social engagement manager for the Denver Business Journal. Email: [email protected] Phone: 303-803-9226.
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