R.I. businesses wary of legalizing marijuana

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sees millions of dollars in new state revenue from legalizing recreational marijuana use but business owners don’t want it to come with restrictions on how they hire or ensure workplace safety, according to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is lobbying for tweaks to Raimondo’s budget proposal to ensure

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  1. Employers who perform work on or manufacture products used in the aviation industry (and others that are Federally regulated) must be able to test employees and insist on a drug-free workplace. Any bill that fails to protect these employers will do significant harm to Rhode Island’s economy, as those suppliers will be forced to take their business elsewhere, where they can be assured that employees working on aircraft parts aren’t under the influence.

  2. Exactly as our Center warned in 2017, that without such clarification, the legislation could create a constitutional crisis: