California Senate Bill 129 is due to be voted on this month. The bill is designed to protect medical marijuana patients from being fired for their choice of legal medication. A PDF version of the bill can be found here.
The patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access sent out an email earlier today urging people in California to contact their state senator and voice their opinion of SB 129.
The California Senate will vote on a bill to protect medical cannabis patients from employment discrimination this month, and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is calling on supporters to speak up on behalf of this important bill. Take a minute right now to send an email to your California Senator in support of SB 129. ASA’s Online Action Center makes it easy to locate your Senator and send a message right away.
Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced this ASA-sponsored legislation to prevent discrimination against legal medical cannabis patients in hiring and employment. Without this bill, employers can fire an employee for testing positive for medical cannabis use – even if that use is legal under state law and did not occur at work. That is not fair. ASA hears from patients facing discrimination like this each month. We need to adopt this important bill to protect them from further discrimination.
SB 129 is a reasonable and common-sense bill. It does not allow for medical cannabis use or impairment at work, it exempts certain safety-sensitive employees, and does not prevent employers from firing employees for good cause. This bill simply means that legal patients cannot be fired just for obeying the law. That is surely what the voters intended when the approved Proposition 215, but now we need specific protection for patients’ rights. That is why SB 129 is so important.
Please send an email in support of SB 129 today. I will be talking with Senators and their staff in person about the bill next week, and it helps to have thousands of advocates standing behind me!
If you support medical marijuana patient rights in California, spread the word about SB 129.
And be sure to check out our Open Letter on Behalf of 30 Million Cannabis Users and join us in our fight!