A lot of states are legalizing marijuana left and right, but the fast progress of the wonder weed leaves a lot of room for improvement. Often, the stigma for marijuana users are still quite discriminating, even if it’s just for medical use. In fact, a lot of people still get sacked or denied from work because of the use of marijuana, even in states like California.
It can be recalled that California was one of the first states in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, for medical purposes, of course. This did not, however, mandate companies and businesses to be forgiving towards their employees when it comes to medical use of the plant.
In the Golden State alone, 400 people were interviewed where 10 percent of them stated that they were terminated from work because of testing positive for cannabis use, even if it was just medical. 19 percent of the same 400 people were also denied employment because of the same reason. Rest assured, citizens who used cannabis medically were not insulated from workplace discrimination, I.D. permits and all.
One bill seeks to rectify this oversight of the law and that is the Assembly Bill 2069. The new proposed mandate is for ending the workplace discrimination associated with cannabis-positive drug-tests. Should the bill be passed, medical cannabis users who have I.D. and permits for such activity will finally be safe from indiscriminate drug-test termination or work denial. After all, marijuana’s medical benefits— if used correctly, are quite staggering and should not be a cause for losing your work, all that is left is to wait for the bill to be passed.