Medical marijuana in the workplace

Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 5:29 PM

Ross McGregor, executive VP of Pentaflex Inc., has adopted a no-nonsense policy with drugs.

Medical marijuana is legal in Ohio but you will not be able to buy it legally for another year. Even so, Miami Valley employers are trying to decide how they are going to handle the issue of weed in the workplace. 

When you step inside Pentaflex, a metal stamping plant in Springfield, you will find employees working with precision, heavy machinery. 

RELATED: Ohio senator wants feds to life prohibition on marijuana

"For me, it's all about safety," said Ross McGregor, the company's Executive Vice President. "We run some very large machinery that is very unforgiving."

Renae Murnahan-Turner believes medical marijuana could help people.

For that reason, Pentaflex has adopted a no-nonsense policy that says employees cannot use medical marijuana. 

RELATED: Medical pot business applications flower across Dayton

"I can't risk having somebody coming out on the stop floor impaired and operating this type of equipment," McGregor said. 

The use of medical marijuana is even banned at home because it stays in your system for at least thirty days and that is the standard in most manufacturing companies. In calls to other local employers, we learned that the RTA is among many companies that will stick with policies that call for a drug-free workplace. 

News Center 7 did a poll about the issue on its social media pages. Here’s how you responded: 

Montgomery County's new policy prohibits the use and even possession of medical marijuana during work hours and during lunch breaks. The use of it during off-hours has not yet been decided. 

Back in Springfield, another business owner is hoping marijuana's health benefits will be accepted by employers. Renae Turner, a cancer survivor, said cannabis is non-addictive and you cannot overdose on it unlike other pain medications. She is hoping employers will get creative with people who have a prescription for medical marijuana. 

"You can create different levels that someone can function on it and be perfectly clear-headed and pain free, seizure-free," said Turner. 

Still, to get the bill passed at the Ohio Statehouse, the Legislature included strong protections for employers so they could legally prohibit medical marijuana use at work. 

File photo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

"They can choose if they are going to recognize medical marijuana as a medicine or remain drug-free," said Rep. Steve Huffman, a Republican from Tipp City. 

Our I-Team investigation also found that the thousands of federal employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and base contractors will be prohibited from using medical marijuana because under federal law, pot is still illegal. The same is true for Wright State University, which says in it's policy that they are a federal contractor. Sinclair College is still silent on the issue. 

RELATED: Workers failing drug tests hits a 12-year high

Employment attorney Deborah Adler said for not, it is usable by anyone who obtains it legally and whose work rules do not prohibit it. Yet to be resolved is what happens to an injured worker who uses medical marijuana during recovery, but wants to go back to work. 

"Where the rubber meets the road is when those people are working, their continued use, those are some of the issues that ultimately are going to end up in the courts," Adler said. 

If there is a drug-free work policy, an employee involved in an accident at work, even one that is not their fault, could be required to take a drug test. If the test reveals that they have marijuana in their system, they could lose their job. 

2 Chainz's 'Trap House' back for the holidays

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

Trap House on Howell Mill Road
Photo via
Trap House on Howell Mill Road(Photo via

The famous Atlanta Trap House is back for the holidays.

>> Read more trending news

Grammy-nominated artist 2 Chainz’s management agency, Street Execs, posted a video on its Facebook page on Thursday announcing the return of the house.

Over the summer, the house, located on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, was painted pink with the word “TRAP” above the door, and a pink car was placed out front. The stunt was intended to promote 2 Chainz’s new album, "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music." 

Crowds of people showed up to see and take pictures at the house.

It was painted back to its original white color in the summer after the lease ran out, but it appears it will soon make its return in holiday style.

Street Execs held a grand opening of “Trap Wonderland” Thursday night at a new location -- 1740 Defoor Place.

It’s unclear how long the new attraction will be active.

Watch the teaser video below:

Man pays Middletown water bill with fake cash

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:58 AM

            Counterfeit money passed in the Dayton area in the past few weeks. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE
Counterfeit money passed in the Dayton area in the past few weeks. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE

Middletown police are investigating counterfeit money used by a resident to pay a water bill in October.

A man paid a $200 bill on Oct. 26 with a $100 bill and five $20 bills, according to Barbara Bradley, assistant finance director. This news agency isn’t naming the man because he hasn’t been charged, said Lt. Scott Reeve.

MORE: Escaped inmate found 3 miles from hospital

On Wednesday, police confirmed with Fifth Third Bank that the $100 bill was counterfeit, according to the report.

A video of the transaction was recovered for evidence.

On average $30,000 in counterfeit money is taken in monthly in the Dayton area and about $100,000 monthly for southern Ohio, which includes Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati, according to Secret Service Agent Kevin Dye of the Dayton office.

MORE: 18-year-old pedestrian killed in Warren County; driver thought he hit a deer

“As the holidays approach, more counterfeit is received due to heavy cash intake for shopping. Retailers should carefully look at cash received during the holidays and call police if suspicious,” Dye said.

How your generosity can help the underserved in the Dayton area

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

What one organization provides career counseling, job training and placement services for teens and adults with disabilities, individuals who are homeless, veterans and ex-offenders returning to the community? 

What one organization also provides free car safety seats for children in low-income families and free medical equipment to anyone in the community? 

And what one organization provides day services for seniors and adults who are unable to remain at home without assistance?

The answer is Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV). 

>>> RELATED: Program connects Miami Valley veterans with civilian jobs

In 2016, GESMV provided more than 40 specialized services to more than 17,421 children and adults in 23 west-central Ohio counties. GESMV is the only local agency that serves people with such a broad range of disabilities and disadvantages, across the entire age spectrum.

“We believe all people want to support themselves, do as much for themselves as they possibly can and have choices to make their own decisions,” said Lance Detrick, president and CEO of GESMV. “We believe our role is to provide tools and supports that create opportunities for people to achieve their goals, no matter what their circumstances.”

Steve Perkins

Circumstances for some can feel bleak and hopeless. That’s how Steve Perkins and his wife, Gerri, felt when Steve developed medication-induced Parkinson’s and went from his active lifestyle as a bowling champion to being unable to walk. Watch how Steve and Gerri find hope with the help of GESMV. 

Like most charitable and nonprofit organizations this time of year, GESMV is reminding the community that this great work cannot continue for local neighbors in the Miami Valley without the generous support of people just like you. 

But what makes GESMV different? And when you have so many opportunities to do good in your local community, why should you choose GESMV?

“We serve thousands of people who fall through the vast cracks between government and social service systems,” said Detrick. “They make enough money to survive, and therefore don’t qualify for services. But there’s a big difference between surviving and thriving.” 

>>> RELATED: Local high schools Drive to Victory in support of Goodwill

GESMV strives to be the go-to resource to help solve issues in the community while helping every person in need of support to reach their full potential and achieve success -- a success that is different for each individual.  

Consider the person with severe vision loss who can no longer read the newspaper. Now, with a special receiver, that person can hear local periodicals read daily by GESMV volunteers and stay connected to his or her community with ease.  

GESMV also regularly helps adults with physical limitations or disabilities who have never worked obtain their first paycheck. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, the employment rate for persons with disabilities was only 17.9 percent, leaving a big gap to fill.

“Two-thirds of people with disabilities who are of working age want to work, and that’s over 9,300 individuals in our territory who are looking for work,” Detrick said. “With our expertise and commitment to helping people improve their quality of life or attain self-sufficiency, we can be relied upon to help transform lives.”

Mikia Black

Transforming the lives of people just like Mikia Black. After a horrible accident and 32 days in a coma, Black faced months of recovery and rehab. When she was ready to work, GESMV was there to help her see beyond her physical challenges and permanent disabilities and find a job that allows her to support herself and her children. Be inspired by Mikia’s story

When you make a charitable contribution to GESMV, nearly 85 percent of your gift has a direct impact on services for people with disabilities and disadvantages who might otherwise fall through the cracks.  

According to the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, charities should spend at least 65 percent of total expenses on charitable programs. GESMV exceeds this standard by almost 20 percentage points.  

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley invites you to join the global giving movement, Giving Tuesday. Help others with the gift of your time, talents, and treasures. When you give securely onlineshop or donate at any one of the local stores or donation centers, or volunteer your time, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley can serve the underserved. 

Wright State seeking federal funds for new archives center

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:51 AM

Wright State has applied for funding through the Priority Development and Advocacy Committee.
Wright State has applied for funding through the Priority Development and Advocacy Committee.

Wright State University is seeking federal funding for a planned $8.2 million archives center.

The university announced in October that it was launching a $6.5 million fundraising campaign to create a new home for its historical archives. The Priority Development and Advocacy Committee released the list of applying projects Tuesday and the WSU archives center was listed as an applicant.

Wright State has asked the committee for $2.2 million in funding over the next year, according to the school’s application. The committee will sort through to make a prioritized list of what to ask for in D.C.

» RELATED: Wright State launches $6.5 million campaign for new archives center

The archives project calls for the renovation of 30,000 square feet of space at the former Wright-Patt Credit Union at 2455 Presidential Drive and the relocation of Wright State’s Special Collections and Archives. The new space would offer more appropriate environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, light, air quality and fire protection and suppression for the historical artifacts, according to the school’s application.

Wright State’s archives contains the largest Wright Brothers Collection in the world, first-edition works by Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and the archives of the Dayton Daily News among other historic archives, according to WSU.

» RELATED: Air Force office investigating Wright State for possible visa fraud

The proposed archives center will include the following amenities, according to the university:

• A reading room where students, scholars and visitors may examine historic materials in an up-close and personal way.

• An exhibit gallery housing rotating exhibitions that highlight the depth and breadth of Wright State’s collections.

• A conference room for lectures, meetings and special events.

• A classroom to welcome area school children and students from Wright State’s public history graduate program.

» RELATED: Beavercreek sports center looking for new sponsor for naming rights

• An oral history recording and teaching lab where students, faculty, researchers and the community can record their stories.

• A media lab for listening and viewing oral histories and watching original film footage.

• A preservation lab, processing room, clean room and exhibit prep room that will give staff the tools and space they need to adequately care for the history of the Dayton region.