Law Would Give Workplace Protections to Medical Cannabis Users

A Sacramento lawmaker has authored a bill that would extend workplace protections for people who use medical marijuana.

AB 2355 (Rob Bonta-Oakland) would bar employers from discriminating against employees or job applicants because of medical cannabis use. Like other protected classes, those who use medical marijuana would be entitled to reasonable accommodations on the job.

“To be discriminated against by your employer because of the type of medicine you use is both inhumane and wrong,” Bonta said. “Medical cannabis, as recommended by a doctor, should be given a similar reasonable accommodation as all prescription drugs.”

“Safety-sensitive” jobs like airline pilots and police officers would be exluded from the protections.

Scott Chipman, Vice President of Americans Against Legalizing Marijuana, believes employers should have a right to screen people for cannabis use. He said marijuana users are more likely to be injured on the job—a claim backed up by research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The percentage of workers testing positive for cannabis hit a fourteen-year high in 2018. In safety-sensitive occupations, positive marijuana tests rose from 2.3% before Prop 64 to 3.1% in 2018.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.


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