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Washington Measure to Stop Marijuana Patient Discrimination in Workplace Receives Public Hearing Date

Just days after being filed, a measure to prevent medical marijuana patients from being discriminated against in the workplace has received a public hearing date.

House Bill 1094 would take the progressive step of prohibiting employers from “refusing to hire a qualifying patient, discharging or barring a qualifying patient from employment, or discriminating against a qualifying patient in compensation or other terms and conditions of employment because of the qualifying patient’s: (1) Status as a qualifying patient; or (2) Positive drug test for marijuana components or metabolites.”

A public hearing on this measure has been schedule in the House Committee on Labor & Workplace Standards at 8:00am on January 26th. The hearing is open to anyone of any age; if you’re supportive of this move and happen to be in the Olympia area, this is the perfect opportunity to make your opinion known and to stand up for a worthy cause.

House Bill 1094 was filed by State Representative David Sawyer with the bipartisan support of eight cosponsors; Representatives Kirby, Stonier, Condotta, Appleton, Farrell, Frame, Macri and Klob.

Although the measure still has a long way to go before being passed into law, being scheduled for a public hearing so quickly is a good sign (after all, the majority of bills filed each session never receive a hearing, which is a required step before being voted on).

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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