Article by Adrian D. Garcia, Denverite
Popping an edible, hitting a joint or dabbing in someone’s free time shouldn’t be a reason they’re not hired for a job, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
NORML chapters throughout the nation announced a new push this week to stop marijuana use from being a valid reason for not hiring a potential worker or firing existing employees. Through the Workplace Drug Testing Coalition, NORML plans to push for reform.
NORML is a Washington, D.C.-based group that lobbies on behalf of cannabis consumers. The coalition is pushing for reforming workplace drug testing policies, expanding employment opportunities for cannabis consumers, clarifying the difference between technology and performance testing and highlighting protections for employees while they’re not at work.
“Even though marijuana is legal and readily available in several states, consumers are being unfairly forced to choose between their job and consuming off the clock as a result of out-of-date employment practices,” said Kevin Mahmalji, national outreach coordinator for NORML, in a statement.