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A bill that would add protections for employees in California who consume cannabis around the clock is progressing and could head to the Senate floor soon. The bill would not allow job discrimination by employers, in most cases, based on urine or hair tests that detect only inactive metabolites of THC.

Urine or hair tests can only detect inactive metabolites of THC days or weeks later, making them a poor indicator of weakness — or even recent use. The bill would still allow the use of a mouth swab or computer-based performance tests – which he is In fact a more reliable indicator of recent use or weakness.

While Assembly Bill 2188 Employees in California who smoke around the clock will be protected from inaccurate drug testing formats, and an employer will continue to be allowed to take action against employees with a disability around the clock. There are also exceptions, of course, for federal workers and construction workers.

The bill was supported by the Federation of Food and Trade Workers (UFCW), Service Personnel International (SEIU), California Nurses Association, California Board of Registered Nursing, and UDW/AFSCME Local 3930. In addition, the Employment Lawyers Association of California, United The bill also supports the Cannabis Business Association, the Cannabis Equity Policy Council, Americans for Safe Access, and the California Cannabis Industry Association.

Employers generally don’t test for THC—only for THC metabolites, the waste product of THC, that urine tests and hair tests look at. urine tests Not a reliable indicator of weakness It is based on THC metabolites, and has no value to employers who may have greater things to worry about, such as alcoholism or opioid abuse.

says Dale Geiringer, director of NORML in California High Times. “there was Start Any good evidence that urine testing, particularly looking for metabolites, contains anything related to public safety.”

It is nothing more than a remnant of Reagan-Era Drug Free Workplace Act 1988Picked up the middle of the climax ‘Just say no’ fever.

Gieringer continues, “There’s never been a study from the Food and Drug Administration to show that’s true. I mean, if I had a new drug, or a medical device, I said, ‘If you give this to your employees, they will have fewer accidents, and they will be more reliable and better employees.'” If I had such a medical device, or medication, the FDA would require me to do double-blind clinical studies to prove that this is the case.”

“This was never done for a urine test. It was basically a scam by ex-Reagan drug officials who – after leaving the government – went into the urine testing business, and were in good contact, in general, with the government, which sort of decided it would be It is profitable to order these tests a long time ago – the late 80s. And so we put an end to this fraud.”

California NORML issued a press release, urging Californians to reach out to their state’s senators. Scientific studies have failed to show that urine testing is effective in preventing work accidents. I found many studies Workers who test positive for metabolites do not have a higher risk of accidents in the workplace.”

Ironically, under current drug testing rules, workers use addictive opioids for medical use, but medical cannabis is prohibited, which It has been shown to reduce opioid useFollow Geiringer.

The bill was approved by the California Assembly, as well as by the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committees, and assigned the bill to the appropriations suspension file.

If the bill is approved at a committee hearing on August 11, it will be moved to the Senate floor for a vote. California NORML urges residents to do so Send a letter to a senator from your state To support AB 2188.

twenty one countries It currently has laws protecting the employment rights of medical cannabis users, and five states (Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Montana, and Connecticut) as well as several cities (New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri, Rochester, New York, and Richmond Virginia) protect the work rights of recreational cannabis consumers,” added the Deputy Director Cal NORML Ellen Comp. “California, the world leader in progressive issues, still lacks protection for its workers who consume cannabis. It’s time to change that and protect California workers.”

California may be next on the list to provide protection for employees who consume cannabis around the clock.

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