Oregon Bill Would Prevent Employers From Firing Marijuana Users

Oregon Bill Would Prevent Employers From Firing Marijuana Users

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Although recreational marijuana has been legal in Oregon for a little less than two years now, state residents can still lose their jobs for using the substance; however, if state lawmakers get their way, that may soon change.

According to Oregon Live, a bill has been introduced in the Oregon Senate that would prevent employers from firing workers that use marijuana during non-work hours.

While the measure does not specifically mention marijuana use, the bill was introduced by the Marijuana Legalization Committee as a way to address the fact that individuals can currently be fired for something that is legal under state law.

If passed, it would still be legal for employers to fire individuals for marijuana use if it affects the employee’s daily work, is part of a bona fide occupational requirement or is prohibited through a collective bargaining agreement.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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