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Business Groups Oppose Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Backers of the push to legalize marijuana say the commercial cannabis market will be a boon for the Vermont economy. But some major employers are challenging that argument, and at least two industry trade associations say legal weed will undermine the quality of the state workforce.

Proponents of legal cannabis say it isn’t about the money. In truth, though, the economic impact of a commercial marijuana industry will loom large over the legislative debate next year. And two key business groups say the proposed bill will do more harm than good.

“So the concern would be whether increased marijuana usage would have an incremental effect on workplace accident rates, and both the direct effect of that, in terms of people being injured, but also the costs of workers compensation associated with it,” says Bill Driscoll, the vice-president of Associated Industries of Vermont. [Read more at Vermont Public Radio News]

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