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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Medical Marijuana Users: How Much Longer Until Your Boss Can't Fire You?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Does this mean you could be governor AND smoke pot?
  • Does this mean you could be governor AND smoke pot?

Just like the industrious Walmart worker in Michigan, YOU, too, can get fired from your job for using medical marijuana -- even if you are employee of the month.

Which clearly makes no sense, considering medical marijuana is legal. That's why Sen. Mark Leno is pushing through a bill that would bar your boss from canning you over medical cannabis (smoking it when you aren't at work, of course).

The State Senate Judiciary Committee just signed off on the bill, bringing it one step closer to becoming law. Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, was pleased.

"When Californians approved the compassionate use of cannabis, they never

intended for it to apply only to unemployed people," he was quoted saying in our sister paper, the LA Weekly. "With unemployment

at record-high rates, we should be doing everything we can to keep

productive and responsible members of the workforce in their jobs."

And part of maintaining them as productive workers, ironically, is to let them smoke weed, the feel-good crop that is proven to help alleviate medical ailments, big and small.

Leno's bill would reverse a 2008 court decision that granted employers the right to chose to not hire or even fire workers who were permitted by doctors to use medical marijuana.

Wonderful. Now, we want to know how long it will be before Leno will get a bill passed that allows employees smoke pot at work. 

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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