California has passed a law that will allow employees in certain industries, such as fast food restaurants, to use marijuana while on the job.
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California has passed a law protecting employees from drug testing if they use marijuana for medical reasons.
If California becomes the seventh state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana use for recreational purposes, then it would be the first time since 1937 that an entire state has legalized the drug
The bill was signed into law last week. It prohibits employers from firing or disciplining employees because they use marijuana at any time, not just during working hours.
Even though someone may be able to pass a drug test when they’re sober, they could fail a drug test if they’ve recently used drugs.
The measure now goes to Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature. He must either sign the bill by Sept. 30, 2024 or veto it. If rejected, the legislature could override the governor’s veto if they pass another version of the legislation by Sept. 30, 2020.
California was supposed to expunge marijuana crimes from people’s records. Hundreds of thousands remain stuck in limbo.
Over 30,000 California residents are stuck with a felony, misdemeanor, and other criminal convictions on their records that they should be able to clear automatically.
Six other states (Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island) currently have laws protecting employees who use medical marijuana at home and while not working.
Typically, lab tests screen for marijuana use by looking at THC levels in a user’s urine or hair follicle samples. Because these metabolites can remain in someone’s system for several days or even weeks, some people who smoke pot regularly may show up positive even though they aren’t high when tested.
Under the new law, companies cannot discriminate against employees for failing drug tests. However, they can use other methods to test for drugs, including saliva tests.
Some exceptions include people working in certain industries (such as construction workers) and government entities (including federal agencies).
A California church that provides cannabis and psychedelic mushroom as communion has sued the city of Oakland for its recent police raid, claiming that the officers violated their constitutional rights by entering the building
The Zide Door church of entheogenic plants filed suit against the city of Oakland, the Oakland police department, and one of their officers, alleging they had infringed upon its First Amendment right to free exercise of religion and Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the law.
Assemblymember Bill Quirks stressed that the new law would not allow people to come to work drunk.
Despite being the first US jurisdiction to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and one the first jurisdictions to legalize recreational cannabis in 2014, California has so far failed to protect its workers from workplace drug use.
The California Chamber of Commerce has called the legalization of recreational cannabis a “job killer” because it could create an “unprecedented, protected class” for pot smokers under California law.
“Simply put,” the letter says, “marijuana is not the same as preventing people from being discriminated against because they’re black or Hispanic.”
However, labor union representatives argue that workers shouldn’t be penalized for doing something that isn’t illegal.
“Using outdated cannabis testing methods only leads to workers feeling unsafe and uncomfortable at their jobs, it doesn’t lead to increased worker safety,” said Matt Bell, Secretary-Treasurers for the Union Local 324.
Fast Food Recovery Act: A council would be authorized to determine the national minimum hourly rate for fast-food workers and regulate their working conditions.