What changing marijuana laws mean for construction safety

October 8, 2015 JIm Shadid

Employers of all types are expected to keep up with laws concerning safety and health in the workplace. But few laws have changed as quickly and as dramatically as America’s regulations on marijuana.

And with the extreme importance of being alert and sober on the job site, the construction must be paying extra attention to these laws and what they mean for worker safety.

As of October 2015, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form, with 19 states and the nation’s capital allowing the use of medical marijuana or marijuana oil. Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington all allow recreational use in public and private.

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