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Business groups raise concern over workplace safety if cannabis is legalized

Mar 23, 2021 5:45 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics that a coalition of organizations representing contractors, builders and other business entities in New York are concerned that the legalization of cannabis products statewide could lead to safety and insurance issues at construction sites. State lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are considering a legalization measure that would allow for the sale of cannabis and legalize the growing of a limited number of marijuana plants in the home. In a letter to Cuomo and top lawmakers, the group pointed to the potential for a person ingesting marijuana and then working at a job site, posing risk to themselves, their co-workers and the public. "Current unregulated cannabis testing technologies and drug recognition methods do not provide a clear indication of worker impairment which will jeopardize workplace safety," the groups wrote in the letter, which was backed by organizations including the Associated General Contractors and the Lawsuit Reform Alliance. The groups also noted that neither the governor's or legislature's proposal provides a standardized impairment level thereby complicating matters for an employer's duty to provide a safe working environment. The issues raised by the business entities are not dissimilar from the broader issues the marijuana legalization bill ran into last week, as lawmakers were split over how to enforce traffic safety with cannabis legalization. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.