District council members have enacted legislation — Act Quantity A23-0114: The Healthcare Marijuana System Patient Employment Protection Short-term Amendment Act — to shield certified individuals from workplace discrimination.

The Act states, “A public employer may well not refuse to employ, terminate from employment, penalize, fail to market, or otherwise take adverse employment action against an person primarily based upon the individual’s status as a qualifying [medical cannabis] patient unless the person utilized, possessed, or was impaired by marijuana at the individual’s location of employment or in the course of the hours of employment.”

It additional states, “A qualifying patient’s failure to pass a public employer-administered drug test for marijuana elements or metabolites may well not be utilized as a basis for employment-connected choices unless affordable suspicion exists that the certified individuals was impaired by marijuana at the qualifying patient’s location of employment or in the course of hours of employment.”

The law does not apply to either staff in “safety sensitive positions” or to these who are needed to undergo drug testing as a federal requirement.

Council members voted 12 to zero in favor of the proposal. Mayor Muriel Bowser did not sign the measure.

Like all District legislation, the act should undergo a 30-day Congressional assessment prior to taking impact.

Commenting on the Act, NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf mentioned: “Employment protections are important to make certain that law-abiding adults are not unduly discriminated against in their efforts to be productive members of society solely due to the fact of their use of healthcare cannabis though away from the job. The enactment of this law will supply clarity to employers and peace of thoughts to the staff who operate in the District of Columbia.”

To date, 15 states provide workplace protections for healthcare cannabis individuals. Two states, Maine and Nevada, limit specific non-security sensitive employers from taking punitive actions against any adult who utilizes cannabis though off the job.

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