Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Providing Medical Marijuana Workplace Protections For State Employees

Louisiana Governor Signs Bill Providing Medical Marijuana Workplace Protections For State Employees
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The governor of Louisiana has signed a bill to provide workplace protections for most state employees who are registered medical marijuana patients. The legislation from Rep. Mandie Landry (D) is one of roughly a dozen cannabis measures that Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) has signed in recent days, but it’s one that advocates have been especially passionate about. It stipulates that no state employer “shall subject an employee or prospective employee to negative employment consequences” just because they test positive for THC as long as they’re a registered medical cannabis patient who received a marijuana recommendation from a licensed physician. There are exceptions to the protections, however. Employers could still penalize workers who are found to be intoxicated from marijuana on the job, for example. Further, workers could still face adverse employment actions for testing positive for marijuana metabolites if their jobs require them to operate a vehicle or if they work in any of the following professions: “emergency medical services, law enforcement, public safety officials, any state employee of the horse racing commission, and firefighter services.” The bill cleared the House and Senate in recent weeks with strong margins before being transmitted to the governor’s desk. Landry told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Thursday that providing medical cannabis workplace protections for state employees is just one of the first steps toward broader reform. The sponsor supports adult-use legalization, but she recognizes that incremental reforms may be the most practical way forward in the short-term. And that includes potentially extending the new protections for state employees to cover workers in the private sector as well. “I think we’ll be able to come up—at least with industries or different areas of employment—that we can expand it pretty easily,” Landry said. “We’ll be able to come up with ideas and…

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