A pro marijuana group in Ohio is attempting to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to legalize marijuana for recreational use. If the amendment gets placed on the ballot and should it pass, employers fear that with more people using marijuana the pool of drug-free employees will decline and safety in the workplace will be compromised.
"I’m absolutely opposed to [legalizing marijuana]," said Don Crane, president of Western Reserve Building Trades, which represents more than 6,000 workers in the skilled trades. Many trade jobs have dangerous components.
John Walters & David Murray, Real Clear Politics, February 8, 2015
The unintended consequences of marijuana use go unabated.
- Marijuana infused edibles are marketed to youth. The edibles account for nearly half of Colorado’s sales.
- Daily use of marijuana is 35 percent higher than the national average.
- Selling marijuana on the black market continues because there are no taxes.
- Marijuana potency has climbed sharply.
Keith Coffman, Reuters Denver, August 8, 2014
A man ends up in the hospital after overdosing on THC from a marijuana chocolate candy bar given to him by a County Fair vendor promoting the drug. The Denver County Fair had a “Pot Pavilion” where Jordan Coombs was offered the marijuana food product.
On April 19, 2014, Frances McQueen, found her daughter stumbling and unresponsive; she rushed the toddler to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. The toddler was moved to the pediatric intensive care unit where doctors were preparing to do a spinal tap when the results of a toxicology report came back showing THC in her system. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Joe Bartels, www.8newsnow.com KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV, April 16, 2014 Updated: April 17, 2014
ABC & News Denver, April 18, 2014
Kristine Kirk told a 911 operator that her husband, Richard Kirk, had “taken some marijuana” and was “hallucinating” and frightening their three children. Minutes later Richard shot and killed his wife. Richard was charged with first-degree murder.
Denver CBS 4, April 16, 2014