ROGERS — Michael Watts runs a factory where cranes move heavy molds and machinery, hoisting them overhead. Nearby presses hold molten plastics under intense heat and pressure. The most dangerous piece of machinery there, he says, is a common forklift.
“I’m the boss, and I wouldn’t let myself drive one of those if I was impaired in any way,” said Watts, chief executive of FM Corp. in Rogers. Someone’s likely to get hurt and thousands of dollars in damage can occur if the driver makes any mistake, he said.
Arkansas’ Medical Marijuana Commission decided earlier this year to authorize 32 dispensaries and five cultivation facilities. Some marijuana sales could occur before January, as production gets under way, according to an estimate from the state Department of Finance and Administration.
Such common dangers are why legalized medical marijuana won’t affect his business and many others across the state, Watts said. His company has a drug-free workplace policy and intends to keep it. The presence of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana — in any amount in a urine test is grounds for firing under that policy.
The company is reviewing all its written personnel policies and job definitions to make sure they are consistent with the new law, but the goal will remain the same, he