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How Prop 64 could affect local police, businesses

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Law enforcement is deeply concerned about the legalization of recreational marijuana. Now, with the passage of Proposition 64, Californians 21 and older can grow up to six marijuana plants in the privacy of their own homes.

Lt. Bill Proll with the San Luis Obispo Police Department says this new law will pose challenges, especially seeing how similar laws have impacted states like Washington and Colorado.

"More people using marijuana, younger people using marijuana, more calls to the poison control centers," Lt. Proll claimed.

Lt. Proll says SLOPD will be working over the course of the next several days on how they will enforce safety with this new law, but for now, he says, some rules remain in place.

"You can't possess or smoke marijuana if you're under 21, you can't smoke marijuana in the City of San Luis Obispo in public, and you still cannot drive a vehicle under the influence of marijuana," he said. 

Some employers might be wondering how this law will impact business and workers. Local employment lawyer Kathy Eppright says it won't change much.

"Just like they can restrict employees coming to work under the influence of alcohol, they can restrict employees from coming to work under the influence of marijuana," Eppright said.

One thing Eppright said to take note of is that marijuana is still illegal under federal law. That means companies under federal government contracts are still going to do drug tests for marijuana, and the drug tests need to be consistent.

"So if you say you might drug test someone for marijuana use, then you have to do it every time you suspect someone who might be under the influence of marijuana. You can't pick and choose this person but not that person," Eppright said.

As for those who use medical marijuana, Eppright says the California Supreme Court previously ruled that employers do not have to accommodate employees who use the drug medically. She also says that Prop 64's passing could put some pressure on the federal government to align with state laws because California has such a large economy.

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