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Employment Discrimination Bill Passes Assembly


Bill to End Employment Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients Passes California Assembly

SACRAMENTO - On May 28, the California Assembly approved AB2279 (Leno) by a vote of 41-35.

The bill states that, with the exception of safety-sensitive positions, "it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment or otherwise penalize a person, if the discrimination is based upon either of the following:
(1) The person's status as a qualified patient. (2) The person's positive drug test for marijuana, provided the person is a qualified patient and the medical use of marijuana."

Representative Leno introduced the bill after the California Supreme Court ruled against a medical marijuana patient seeking employment rights in January 2008.

The resolution will now go to the California Senate.

Tell your State Senator to support AB2279.

Text & Status of AB2279