It’s about time! It’s not right that we can be fired simply for using our medicine!
Polsky’s bill would bar employers from discriminating against, firing, demoting, or taking any other “adverse personnel action” against employees who are card-carrying pot users. Exceptions include workers performing safety-sensitive job duties such as operating machinery, fighting fires, driving, carrying a firearm, handling hazardous materials, or caring for children or patients.
Under the new bill, if employees’ or job applicants’ drug tests were to come back positive, companies would be required to give written notice so the person can explain those test results. Doctor certifications and medical marijuana cards would be considered proof of legal use. And if an employee were to be fired or otherwise penalized for using pot, the bill would allow that person to sue their employer for damages and reinstatement.