D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Providing Workplace Protections For Marijuana Consumers

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Providing Workplace Protections For Marijuana Consumers
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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has signed a bill that bans most workplaces from firing or otherwise punishing employees for marijuana use. The mayor sent the measure back to the District Council on Tuesday’s deadline for action, about a month after the local lawmakers approved the legislation from Councilmember Trayon White (D). It must still undergo a congressional review period before formally becoming law. The reform is designed to expand on a previous measure lawmakers approved to protect local government employees against workplace discrimination due to their use of medical cannabis. The new legislation 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,” according to the text. 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. There are also exceptions for workers contracted by the federal Department of Transportation (DOT), which has separately faced pressure to revise its own drug testing policies for marijuana, especially in light of a driver shortage. — Marijuana Moment is tracking more than 1,500 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. — “Due to the rapidly changing status of cannabis…

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