Bill Would Limit Firings of Medical Pot Users
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Bill Would Limit Firings of Medical Pot Users
Posted by CN Staff on January 29, 2011 at 06:02:11 PT
By Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Sacramento -- Californians who use medical marijuana outside of work would be protected from job dismissal due to pot use under a bill that has been introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.The bill, SB129, would make it illegal for an employer to consider either a worker's status as a registered patient or a positive drug test when making hiring and firing decisions. The bill would not change existing laws that bar employees from using medical marijuana at the workplace or during work hours.
Workers such as health care providers, school bus drivers and operators of heavy equipment - so-called "safety-sensitive positions" - would not be protected by the law."The bill simply establishes a medical cannabis patient's right to work," Leno said. He called it "a completely reasonable piece of legislation. It astounds me that there would be any controversy around it."While the proposal has yet to garner formal opposition, the California Chamber of Commerce opposed a bill that would have created the same protections for medical marijuana patients in 2007. Snipped  Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento BureauPublished: January 29, 2011Copyright: 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comURL:  Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on January 30, 2011 at 08:43:29 PT
Storm Crow #1 
Amen. Workplace firings & zero tolerance per se drugged driving laws are just thinly disguised Prohibition, continuing the War on Some Drugs with a flimsy pretext!
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on January 29, 2011 at 18:56:11 PT
Storm Crow Comment 1
Very well said. And I completely agree.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on January 29, 2011 at 14:57:11 PT
Excerpt From The Billings Gazette
Medical Marijuana, Health Care Reform Up for Debate This Week in Helena***Saturday, January 29, 2011 Helena, MT -- Medical marijuana, health care reform, workers' compensation and state-employee pay and pensions are among the big topics up for hearing this week at the Legislature.Here's a look at the highlights of the upcoming week:Medical marijuana: On Wednesday, House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, presents House Bill 161, which would repeal Montana's medical marijuana law. House Human Services Committee, Room 152, 3 p.m.On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, presents Senate Bill 170, which makes it harder to get a medical marijuana card for "chronic pain." Senate Judiciary Committee, Room 303, 10 a.m.Complete Article:
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on January 29, 2011 at 10:59:47 PT
As a patient this problem screams persecution to me.I've got one over-the-counter (Benadryl) and several prescriptions meds that scramble my brains for driving far more than cannabis.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 29, 2011 at 10:48:26 PT
Storm Crow
I agree. This has been a major problem in state's that are so fortunate to have a medical marijuana law.
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Comment #1 posted by Storm Crow on January 29, 2011 at 09:56:32 PT
We NEED this!
Job protection is one of the major things that our medical cannabis laws lack (reciprocity with other MMJ states is another biggie). Arnie wimped out on us and refused to sign the last job protection bill. I hope Jerry is a stronger man! Anyone can come to work with opiates or barbiturates still in their system and as long as they have a prescription, and can do their job, they are protected. A cannabis patient can be fully sober, consistently turn in superior work and STILL get fired for what he/she did on the weekend, or even last month! We need to level the playing field! It is time to end job discrimination against cannabis patients!
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