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Cannabis businesses face unique risks and challenges, and insurance slowly gaining its footing on how to properly insure this budding industry.

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Marijuana Broken down by industry, the professional services sector is the most prepared for medical use and the least prepared for recreational use. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employers operating in states that have legalized marijuana use may be having a tough time figuring out how to handle a worker who smoked pot the night before. The employee may or may not still be experiencing some of the effects when they punch in for work —  whether they sit at a desk or operate heavy machinery.

A recent Paychex survey bears out this dilemma for employers: more than one-third of business owners with fewer than 500 employees say they are not yet prepared to manage the impact of legalized marijuana on the workplace — 34% say this regarding medical marijuana and 38% say this regarding marijuana for recreational use.

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