The debate over the dangers of marijuana continues while 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its use to some degree. But for employers, the issue is much more complicated. They're faced with balancing workplace safety with employee off-duty conduct.

According to a new whitepaper from Sarah Sullivan, Lockton Companies' Risk Control Services Expert, 60%of the public currently supporting legalization efforts. Surprisingly, the greatest increase in acceptance is with people age 55 and older, based on a recent study of Medicare enrollees who were using medical marijuana.

If you're an employer with serious safety concerns — in a manufacturing plant or school bus company, for example — whether your employees use marijuana, legal or not, can have significant repercussions on your business. What do you do?

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Rosalie Donlon is the editor in chief of ALM's insurance and tax publications, including NU Property & Casualty magazine and NU You can contact her at [email protected].