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Ohio Employers Concerned Over Language in Marijuana Legalization Proposal

03 Jun Ohio Employers Concerned Over Language in Marijuana Legalization Proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Language in a proposal to amend Ohio’s constitution and legalize sale, use and possession of marijuana in the state has employers antsy over the impact it could have, despite a legal analysis that says they will retain strong workplace control.

The amendment’s backers said they sought to protect employers, writing in language stating businesses should not have to accommodate use of marijuana products in the workplace. But a provision that appears to provide an exception for patients certified to use medical marijuana has stirred questions that one legal expert suggests might not be cleared up without court rulings.

“I would expect the chamber of commerce would not be comfortable with the uncertainty,” said L. Camille Hebert, a professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and an expert on employment law. “That prescription language could be somewhat troublesome.” [Read more at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer]

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