Colorado Governor Issues Executive Order On Marijuana Protections For Workers With Professional Licenses

Colorado Governor Issues Executive Order On Marijuana Protections For Workers With Professional Licenses
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The governor of Colorado on Thursday signed an executive order to provide broad professional licensing protections for workers who use marijuana in compliance with state law. The move also prevents state agencies from assisting in any out-of-state investigations related to lawful cannabis conduct that could result in employment penalties. Gov. Jared Polis (D), a longtime legalization supporter, issued the directive in the interest of protecting “the individual freedom and rights of Coloradans,” a press release says. “The exclusion of people from the workforce because of marijuana-related activities that are lawful in Colorado, but still criminally penalized in other states, hinders our residents, economy and our State,” Polis said. “No one who lawfully consumes, possesses, cultivates or processes marijuana pursuant to Colorado law should be subject to professional sanctions or denied a professional license in Colorado.” “This includes individuals who consume, possess, cultivate or process marijuana in another state in a manner that would be legal under Colorado law,” he said. The executive order is two-pronged. First, it directs the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) and Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), as well as its cannabis division, to promulgate rules to ensure that nobody is “subject to disciplinary action against a professional license or disqualified from professional licensure for any civil or criminal judgment, discipline, or other sanction threatened or imposed under the laws of another state regarding consumption, possession, cultivation or processing of marijuana.” In other words, having a conviction for low-level marijuana possession in a prohibitionist state couldn’t be used against a person seeking a professional license in Colorado, for example. That would cover licenses to work in a wide range of industries, including cannabis, gambling, legal services and education. Second, the order says that Colorado state agencies cannot “provide information or data, or expend time, money, facilities, property,…

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