Illinois: Cook Co. changes cannabis test policy for asst. public defender applicants

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They were (excuse the pun) weeding positive testing attorneys out.. but now they’ve been forced to reverse that policy. ABC7 Chicago reports A power struggle has been brewing in Cook County, where job offers to several attorneys from Public Defender Sharone Mitchell were rescinded after confusion over the county’s drug policy. Recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois last January. That complicated the hiring process for many, including a handful of attorneys offered jobs months ago by the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. Their offers were revoked when drug tests came back positive for marijuana. Soon after the I-Team started asking questions, Cook County told us the policy is being changed and the attorneys are being asked to reapply. Brittany Robinson and Matt Stein applied for open attorney positions in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. Both received job offers. Both of their drug tests were positive for marijuana. Both told the I-Team they use recreationally. “As long as there’s not a substance abuse problem, if a person is going to work sober, they’re meeting their duties to their clients, that should be enough,” Stein said. “It’s not, it’s not something the county should really be investigating unless there’s some sort of reasonable suspicion that this person has a problem and it’s interfering with their ability to serve the residents of Cook County.” “What I do on my own time does not affect my professional responsibilities,” Robinson told the I-Team. “The positions in question were previously noted as safety-sensitive positions by the previous Public Defender. Anyone who tests positive for any controlled substance, including marijuana, in a safety-sensitive position is prohibited from being employed in that position. When the new Public Defender took office, the positions temporarily remained in a safety sensitive designation, so a drug test was required for these…

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