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Ohio chambers speak out on medical marijuana legislation concerns


The Ohio Metro Chambers Coalition provided testimony last week before the Ohio House Medical Marijuana Task Force about business community concerns and potential issues for employers if medical marijuana is legalized.

The coalition includes the chambers of commerce in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, collectively representing more than 40,000 employers.

Key concerns for employers include workplace safety, HR policies, drug screening, workers’ compensation coverage and costs, unemployment compensation, and avoiding costly litigation.

Click to read the testimony presented by Coalition Chair Phil Parker, president and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

He also provided task force members with language that should be included in any legislation, ballot initiative, or proposal to protect employers. Click to read the provisions.

With the hearings completed, Ohio House leadership will consider how or whether to move forward on potential medical marijuana legislation.