The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday it does not support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, saying it will be bad for business.

What happens when employees use marijuana outside of the workplace? Do they come to work under the influence? asked Mike Huckins with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

He said unintended consequences of regulating marijuana, like the workforce becoming unreliable or companies not wanting to locate here, could outweigh any financial benefits. Accidents, employees missing work, students dropping out or having problems in school, Huckins said.

He said this likely would just tie up the courts with what employees can do in their own time.

The legal ambiguity comes into play for employers because they’re going to now have to go an attorney and say, OK, what can we regulate and what can we not, Huckins said.

To view this news segment and interview with Mike Huckins on CBS5, click here.

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