California Legislature Approves Bill Protecting Workers Who Smoke Marijuana Outside Work Hours

What you do on your own time is your business, not your employer’s, according to a California bill awaiting the Governor’s signature.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“California could soon become the seventh state in the United States to protect pot-smoking employees.

Assembly Bill 2188, passed Tuesday by the state Senate, would amend the state’s anti-discrimination laws and the Fair Employment and Housing Act to prevent companies from punishing employees who use cannabis outside work and test positive for the drug.

A person can test positive in a hair or urine sample, usually taken in a pre-employment drug screening, even if they are not under the influence but have smoked in recent days or weeks. The bill would not apply to other tests that might determine whether an employee is currently high.

The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, and he has until the end of September to decide whether to sign it into law. If signed, the law would take effect Jan. 1, 2024.

Currently, six other states — Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island — have enacted laws that protect employees who smoke marijuana at home and while off the clock.”

For the rest of the story, visit The Los Angeles Times here.

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