D.C. Bill To Provide Workplace Protections For Marijuana Consumers Gets Initial Approval By Council

D.C. Bill To Provide Workplace Protections For Marijuana Consumers Gets Initial Approval By Council
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Washington, D.C. lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill to ban most workplaces from firing or otherwise punishing employees for marijuana use, setting the measure up for final passage early next month. Councilmember Trayon White (D) is sponsoring the legislation, which was slightly amended before being unanimously approved by the Committee of the Whole, which is comprised of all 13 members of the full Council. It previously moved through the Labor & Workforce Development Committee last month. The Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act would expand on previous legislation the D.C. Council approved to protect local government employees against workplace discrimination due to their use of medical cannabis. Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I) said at the Committee of the Whole hearing on Tuesday that there’s a “disconnect between the District legalization of cannabis and its employment laws.” “Even though cannabis is legal, workers can be fired or disciplined for using it in their personal time and without any impact on their work,” she said. To that end, the legislation that local lawmakers are advancing would “prohibit employers from firing, failing to hire, or taking other personnel actions against an individual for use of cannabis, participating in the medical cannabis program, or failure to pass an employer-required or requested cannabis drug test, unless the position is designated safety sensitive or for other enumerated reasons.” Police, safety-sensitive construction workers and people with jobs that require a commercial driver’s license or work with childcare and patients and positions “with the potential to significantly impact the health or safety of employees or members of the public” could still be fired or punished for cannabis use, however. — 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…

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