New Bill Seeks to Protect Pot Patients’ Employment

New Bill Seeks to Protect Pot Patients’ Employment

There is a new effort in Sacramento, California to protect the rights of medical cannabis patients when it comes to using cannabis off the clock. The push comes in the form of AB 2355, a bill authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta that would prevent employers from discriminating against medical cannabis patients in the hiring process. The bill would accomplish this by modifying the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Employers would be required to provide “reasonable accommodations” to staff with a doctor’s recommendation to use medical cannabis. But it certainly won’t be a cloudy free-for-all for anyone with a doctor’s note. Patients won’t actually be allowed to use marijuana on the job. There are also other provisions to exempt companies that have to follow federal guidelines when it comes to testing workforces in safety-sensitive positions, like pilots. “Patients who are able to work should have that right to not be discriminated for using medical cannabis, as prescribed by a physician,” Bonta noted when filing the bill in February. “These are patients who need their medicine and there is no reason why cannabis, when used for medical purposes outside the workplace and work time, should not be treated in a similar way to any other prescribed medication.” Advocates of the bill took to the California State Capitol to advocate for the bill this week, at the same time they demonstrated prospective cannabis impairment testing to lawmakers and others in attendance. The testing was conducted on the AlertMeter performance testing system. The…

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