Washington Bill To Protect Workers From Being Fired For Marijuana Will Get Committee Hearing Next Week

Washington Bill To Protect Workers From Being Fired For Marijuana Will Get Committee Hearing Next Week
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Employers would be prohibited from discriminating against most job applicants for off-duty marijuana use or for testing positive for non-psychoactive THC metabolites under a new bill filed in the Washington State Senate. The legislation, which was pre-filed for the 2023 session late last month, is one of several cannabis reform proposals that will be taken up at a hearing of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee next week. The employment bill sponsor, Sen. Karen Keiser (D), chairs that panel. The legislation says that the legalization of adult-use marijuana in the state in 2012 “created a disconnect between prospective employees’ legal activities and employers’ hiring practices,” adding that most drug tests only detect inactive THC metabolites that can be in a person’s system for weeks after use. “Applicants are much less likely to test positive or be disqualified for the presence of alcohol on a preemployment screening test compared with cannabis, despite both being legally allowed controlled substances,” the text says. “The legislature intends to prevent restricting job opportunities based on an applicant’s past use of cannabis.” — Marijuana Moment is tracking hundreds of 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. — The two-page bill would add a new section to state statute that would make it “unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring if the discrimination” if they used cannabis “off the job and away from the workplace” or if they test positive for THC metabolites as part of employer-mandated drug screening. There are some caveats to the proposal. For example, it…

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