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DC passes law protecting workers from failed drug tests

Jun 15, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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If the bill is enacted, employers would have 60 days to notify employees and prospective employees about their new rights.

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The city council in Washington, D.C. took a step forward in protecting employees from marijuana restrictions.

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In early June, lawmakers unanimously approved a bill that would stop employers from firing employees who fail cannabis tests. To come to fruition, however, the bill needs to be green lit by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The bill, known as the Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022, protects employees from discrimination against marijuana use, with some exceptions.

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If it is enacted, employers would have 60 days to notify employees and prospective employees about their new rights.

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While the bill would provide protection for most workers, there are a few parameters. The bill doesn’t protect employees working in safety-sensitive occupations and people who work at courts and the federal government.

It would also prohibit “possession, storage, delivery, transfer, display, transportation, sale, purchase or growing of cannabis at the employee’s place of employment.”

Marijuana use in the workplace is an issue that has caused problems in a variety of U.S. states where there are legal cannabis programs in place.

Since the drug remains illegal at the federal level, the majority of workplaces adhere to their own rules and judgement when it comes to their employees and marijuana use. This has resulted in firings and complicated legal issues brought before courts.

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Legal marijuana was approved in D.C. in 2015. While it’s still illegal to sell or use marijuana in public places or to operate vehicles while under the influence of the drug, anyone over the age of 21 can grow cannabis in their homes, own rolling papers and bongs, and possess up to 56 grams of cannabis without fear of legal repercussions.

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