Getting High Gets Harder

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Some 467 new laws went into effect on Aug. 15, and most of them will impact citizens from every walk of life — even pot smokers. 

For instance, Act 150 by Rep. Erich E. Ponti, a Baton Rouge Republican, allows certain employers in the refining and chemical industries to lower the initial cut-off level used in marijuana testing. Under previous law, drugs tests aimed at detecting marijuana use couldn’t be considered “positive” if the results were lower than 50 nanograms per milliliter. Greg Bowser of the Louisiana Chemical Association calls the change a safety precaution, saying the proposed guidelines will catch some drug users who are dodging the old screenings. “You’re allowing employers to be more stringent on their drug testing policies on marijuana than they currently can,” he told lawmakers during the session. — Jeremy Alford

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