Colorado Lawmakers Reject Marijuana Consumer Employment Protection Bill Even After Gutting Its Main Provisions

Colorado Lawmakers Reject Marijuana Consumer Employment Protection Bill Even After Gutting Its Main Provisions
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A Colorado House committee on Thursday defeated a bill that was originally meant to provide protections for workers who use marijuana off the job and allow medical cannabis patients to use their medicine at work—even after significantly scaling the legislation back to remove those protections altogether. At the hearing before the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee, the legislation sponsored by Rep. Edie Hooton (D) was significantly watered down with an amendment adopted by the panel that replaced all of its language with provisions to merely form a task force to explore marijuana employment challenges. The committee ultimately rejected the amended bill in a 1-12 vote. Under the revised legislation, a 15-member task force would have been created under the state Division of Labor and Employment that would convene in 2023 to study marijuana employment policies, with a report due by the year’s end. The revised measure “brings together stakeholders impacted by current workplace practices favoring medical marijuana patients to find solutions and make recommendations for potential legislation in the absence of reliable testing,” Hooton said in her opening remarks. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — She said the task force would be comprised of people representing business insurance, labor, medical marijuana patients, physicians and attorneys. “These are recommendations to the legislature, because that is required when the legislature establishes a task force,” the sponsor said. “No one is required to act on those recommendations.” The proposal was significantly dialed down from the bill Hooton…

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