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Four States Approve Recreational Marijuana Use

November 5, 2020

AGC Prepared as Federal Action May Be Next

Four states (Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota) approved recreational use of marijuana while Mississippi approved use of medical marijuana in ballot measures on Tuesday. The additions on Tuesday make 15 states and DC with legalized marijuana. Federal attempts to decriminalize and legalize marijuana are on the horizon. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to eventually consider the MORE Act, which would remove federal penalties for marijuana use. AGC continues to advocate for the ability for employers to maintain drug free workplaces. The association remains concerned over the implications of the MORE Act and the impact marijuana legalization use could have on workplace safety. Marijuana negatively impacts attention and decision-making, posing a risk to workers and the general public. These concerns are reinforced by the current lack of a national standard or test for inebriation from marijuana.

For more information, contact Jim Young at jim.young@agc.org.

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