Port Huron issues new policy on marijuana use for city employees

The city of Port Huron will no longer consider marijuana use a disqualification for job applicants — nor, a policy violation for most employees when off the clock — under an administrative order issued this week.

Since the state legalization of recreational marijuana use in 2018, City Manager James Freed said his administration has not generally enforced any standards about the issue, citing a practice of being “committed to not intruding into the private lives” of staff in a notice to employees on Monday.

However, Freed later admitted they’ve “never taken a formal position on it,” either.

“We also recognized that the voters have spoken, I think, two or three different times at the ballot box here on the issue,” he said in an interview. “… The laws have changed. The voters of this state and this city have spoken, and we need to update our policies accordingly.”

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