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County discusses marijuana legalization

Like other entities in Minnesota, Cottonwood County will spend the next two months contemplating the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, which takes effect on Aug. 1.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners debated the county’s current guidelines of being a drug and alcohol-free workplace and the need to update verbiage.

County Attorney Nick Anderson noted that, effective Aug. 1, the county may not be able to take disciplinary action against employees if they test positive for marijuana, as long as its usage was legal and there was no current impairment. However, there may need to be a review on what is considered impairment.

“Marijuana can stay in someone’s system for 30 days, so a person can test positive without current impairment,” Anderson said.

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