Oregon Bill Would Make it Illegal to Fire Someone For Off-Duty Marijuana Use

Article by Lizzy Acker, OregonLive

Oregon bill would make it illegal to fire someone for off-duty marijuana use

A bill introduced in the Oregon senate would mean no more tests for cannabis use as a condition for employment and no more fear that casual use of the now-legal-in-Oregon substance could cost you your job.

Senate Bill 301, first read on Jan. 7, “provides that conditioning employment on refraining from using any substance that is lawful to use in this state is unlawful employment practice.”

While the bill doesn’t explicitly state it refers to cannabis products, it was put forth by the Joint Interim Marijuana Legalization Committee, which seeks to address the fact that in a state where cannabis consumption is legal, it is also still legal to fire an employee who fails a test for cannabis.

Since the legalization of cannabis in Oregon, some people say they have been fired for off-duty use. In May of 2015, Cyd Maurer, 25, a morning weekend anchor at Eugene’s ABC affiliate, said she was fired for failing a drug test after getting into a minor fender-bender while on assignment for KEZI.

This bill would make marijuana use legally similar to tobacco use, meaning as long as consumption doesn’t happen during work hours or interfere with work duties, it would be illegal to fire someone or not hire someone based on casual use.

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