Washington DC Marijuana Bill Employers

The Washington, D.C. Council passed two marijuana bills Tuesday (April 15, 2015) to fine tune the city’s recently passed marijuana law.

MARIJUANA TESTING FOR JOB APPLICANTS NOT ALLOWED UNDER NEW BILL

One bill is designed to protect job applicants who smoke pot by prohibiting D.C. employers from testing job applicants for marijuana.  Employers are still able to stipulate that a condition of the job is not smoking marijuana, and can test for it after the employee is hired.

This bill to protect legal marijuana smokers’ job search is the first step in the right direction, but the big question that is bound to come up at some point is should employers be able to restrict what you do legally on  your own time? If it doesn’t affect job performance, employers should only be able to prohibit marijuana use during work hours. And if it does affect job performance, that should be handled as part of the employee review process rather than a wholesale ban on legal marijuana for all employees at all times.

INCREASE IN TOTAL NUMBER OF PLANTS FOR LICENSED GROWERS

The second bill passed by the D.C. Council increases the total number of plants licensed growers may maintain at one time from 500 plants to 1,000 plants. Due to the current restrictions, only 3 of the 10 licensed growers are growing and selling marijuana. This has led to a shortage in supply which the council hopes can be alleviated with this new bill.

Currently, there are 2,700 medical marijuana patients with 200 new added per month.

Below is the video from ABC 7 News “D.C. Council rejects jail health care contract, approves 2 marijuana bills

 

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