Readers Sound off on Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado Massacre and Maya Wiley

Albany: When it comes to marijuana legalization, legislators in Albany should not only update the state law that forbids driving under the influence, but also amend the unique Scaffold Law to account for the reckless behavior of impaired workers. The only-in-New-York law holds contractors and property owners 100% liable for height-related worksite injuries even if they were only 1% at fault. This means that even if the accident resulted from the actions of an intoxicated worker, the jury is told not to consider that fact in deliberations. This leads to sky-high insurance costs for employers with no increase in job site safety. So, just as lawmakers are rightly concerned about testing for impairment to ensure traffic safety, high-risk work environments, such as construction sites, should also be considered as intoxication-testing measures are studied. Fix the Scaffold Law for a more just legal environment. Tom Stebbins, executive director, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

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