A lawmaker in California wants to bar employers from firing qualified workers who use medical marijuana when not on the job.
Democratic state Senator Mark Leno has proposed a bill that would offer that protection and also make it illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone solely because of their medical marijuana use. In 2007, Leno proposed a similar bill, which was passed by the legislature, but vetoed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In 2008, the California Supreme Court found that there was nothing in the current California medical marijuana laws that prohibits an employer from firing medical marijuana users who fail drug tests because of pot use.
The protection offered by Senator Leno’s bill would not apply to doctors, nurses, school bus drivers, those who operate heavy equipment, or those whose jobs were “safety-sensitive” positions.