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CA bill would prevent companies from firing medical marijuana patients




A budtender displays cannabis at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, December 27, 2017.
A budtender displays cannabis at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, December 27, 2017.
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A California bill introduced Wednesday would keep employees from losing their jobs if they test positive for medical cannabis use.

As reported by the Cannifornian, the proposal, AB 2069, would also prevent businesses from refusing to hire people because they use medical marijuana. A growing number of states have put similar laws into practice. And Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), who introduced the bill, argues that the change would help people from turning to opioids for pain relief.

AB 2069 wouldn’t protect workers such as pilots, pipeline workers and boat crew members who must be tested under federal law for marijuana use. Proponents of the bill also say that the current testing system detects marijuana that could have been ingested weeks or even months earlier.

So what are the drawbacks of the bill? And how do employers feel about this proposal?

Guests:

Ellen Komp, deputy director for California NORML, a cannabis legislation advocacy group

Todd Wulffson, labor employment defense attorney and partner at the law firm, Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger in Irvine



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