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The metropolis council in Washington, D.C. unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that, if accepted by Mayor Muriel Bowser, would quit companies from firing employees who are unsuccessful cannabis drug exams.
The bill, named the Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022, would also ban companies from firing or refusing to retain the services of an personnel for the reason that of their recreational or medical marijuana use.
There are exceptions, although.
Companies won’t be thought of in violation of the legislation if they are performing below federal pointers, or if an staff eaten cannabis at get the job done or while undertaking operate-connected responsibilities.
The monthly bill also prohibits the “possession, storage, shipping, transfer, show, transportation, sale, purchase, or increasing of hashish at the employee’s area of employment,” it claims.
Businesses should examine “medical marijuana to handle a incapacity in the exact same manner as it would handle the legal use of a controlled compound prescribed by or taken beneath the supervision of a licensed overall health treatment specialist,” the invoice suggests.
The monthly bill does not go over folks working in “protection-sensitive” occupations, such as police, protection guards, design employees, individuals who run heavy machinery, wellbeing care employees, caretakers, or gas and power organization staff.
Also excluded from the legislation are workforce of the federal govt and D.C.’s courts. It does, however, protect other District federal government employees.
If the bill passes, employers have 60 times to notify their personnel of their new legal rights under the legislation and no matter if they are selected as protection-delicate personnel.
Thereafter, businesses have to supply that similar notice every year and for each new use.
If an employer violates the legislation, an personnel has up to a 12 months from the date of noncompliance to file a grievance with D.C.’s Business office of Human Legal rights. Employers could confront fines of up to $5,000, and need to spend the employee’s shed wages and attorney’s costs.
The invoice has been despatched to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for acceptance. If she signs it, the bill will turn out to be regulation right after a 60-day congressional evaluate and the bill’s publication in the District of Columbia Register.
Recreational marijuana use has been legal in D.C. since 2015. Anybody around the age of 21 can have up to two ounces of marijuana, give absent up to one particular ounce to a different particular person of age, expand up to six marijuana plants and possess cannabis-related paraphernalia, these types of as bongs and rolling papers.
It is still illegal to sell marijuana, use marijuana on general public property and run a car or boat less than the influence of marijuana.