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What impact will legal marijuana have on employers?

Supporters of legal pot insist it will be safe and will generate new revenues for the state, but it’s also expected to generate new headaches, or at least, questions for employers.

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Supporters of legal pot insist it will be safe and will generate new revenues for the state, but it’s also expected to generate new headaches, or at least, questions for employers.

It's not a thought many employers relish, workers maybe taking a "smoke" break, with legal pot.

We asked Portland-based employment lawyer, Andre Duchette to break down the law.

"Set the expectation with employees relative to, just because it's legal now, nothing has changed in terms of our workplace policies, especially if those policies include a Drug-Free Workplace and things of that nature," Duchette said.

But can employers still give drug tests and not hire someone for testing positive for pot?

First off, Maine law already says you cannot bar employment solely for using "medical marijuana,” but what about recreational marijuana?

On that, Duchette says the new law is cloudy.

"We don't know yet how the state is going to come out with respect to recreational use, because again, there's nothing in the statute currently that gives any guidance to employers on that front," Duchette said.

We took that worry to question one organizers, who admitted this isn't directly addressed in the law, but believes that means employers should be free to do what they do now, including drug testing and workplace discipline.

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