D.C. Council Says Workers Can’t Get Fired for Pot

D.C. Council Says Workers Can’t Get Fired for Pot
High Times

Workers in the nation’s capital won’t have to worry about getting canned over cannabis, under a bill passed by the Washington, D.C. city council on Tuesday. The measure, known as the “Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022,” was approved unanimously by the governing body. It now awaits the signature of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. According to National Public Radio, if Bowser were to sign it, “the bill will become law after a 60-day congressional review and the bill’s publication in the District of Columbia Register.” The bill does not apply to every employee working in D.C. As the Washington Post noted, the law would “[make] exceptions, however, for workers in ‘safety-sensitive jobs,’ including operators of heavy machinery, construction workers, police and security guards who carry weapons and medical professionals.” And, of course, the law would not protect the scores of federal employees from facing discipline if they tested positive for cannabis. The federal government, however, continues to exert its authority over Washington, D.C.’s cannabis laws. Voters in D.C. approved a measure legalizing pot use for adults back in 2014, but recreational cannabis sales are still illegal. That’s because Congress, which has authority over D.C.’s laws, has barred the commercialization of weed in the city in every appropriations bill since the legalization measure passed eight years ago. There was hope last year that Congress may finally end the restriction, after a draft bill introduced in the Senate last October did not include the provision. Bowser’s camp applauded that at the time. “The Senate appropriations bill is a critical step in recognizing that in a democracy, D.C. residents should be governed by D.C. values,” Bowser’s office said in a statement. “As we continue on the path to D.C. statehood, I want to thank Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Senator Patrick Leahy,…

Excerpt only …
Source : D.C. Council Says Workers Can’t Get Fired for Pot

reposted by Cannabis News World

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.