Will AR Companies Change Drug Policies for Medical Marijuana?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- With the Arkansas Department of Health making final preparations to accept applications for medical marijuana businesses, it remains to be seen if Arkansas companies will update their drug policies for employees that are granted a medical marijuana prescription.
 
The Natural State is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, the largest being Walmart in Bentonville. 
 
Walmart said it's too early to tell if it'll change its drug policy for employees. A spokesman for the company said Walmart will wait until it "has more clarity" on the state's medical marijuana policies as they develop. 
 
Springdale-based Tyson said it won't be changing its drug policy for employees who get a medical marijuana prescription. The company released the following statement:  
 
Tyson Foods is committed to maintaining a safe, healthful and drug-free workplace, and while we have no current plans to change the company’s drug and alcohol policy, such policies are reviewed periodically as laws evolve and change.
 
A spokeswoman for the Lowell-based trucking company J.B. Hunt said it has a zero-tolerance policy for employees that use medical marijuana. 
 
The Department of Transportation said Department of Justice guidelines issued under the Obama administration have no impact on its regulated drug testing program. This applies to school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers and other safety-sensitive transportation employees. 
 
Little Rock-based Dillard's and El Dorado-based Murphy Oil did not respond to requests for comment.

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