Marijuana legalization: good or bad for Ohio businesses?

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The marijuana legalization debate is most often expressed as a social or moral issue.

But the forum, "Marijuana Legalization: Will Your Business Be Impaired?" at the Greater Cleveland Partnership forum Thursday framed the debate as a workplace and workforce issue. The organization hasn't taken a position on legalization, but held the event to expose the local business community to all sides of the issues, said Joseph Roman, the GCP's president and chief executive officer.

For employers and employees, those issues include worker safety, legal challenges to drug-free workplace rules, potential job growth in a legal marijuana industry and putting potential employees with marijuana convictions back into the workplace pool.

Speaking in favor of legalization was Ian James, executive director of Responsible Ohioone of the groups working to get a proposal to legalize marijuana in Ohio on the November ballot. He said as long as...

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