Lawmakers revisit worker protections for off-duty pot use

The proposal reflects a debate over whether Oregon workers should be forced to abstain from marijuana use.

Posted: Dec 17, 2018 5:04 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers will consider making it illegal for businesses to fire employees who flunk drug tests for using marijuana off the clock, reviving a workers' rights campaign that failed in the statehouse last year.

The Statesman Journal reports that a proposed bill would also change state law to protect job seekers who use substances like pot that are legal here.

The proposal reflects a debate over whether Oregon workers should be forced to abstain from marijuana use -- which is allowed under state law but remains federally illegal -- for fear of getting fired or losing an employment offer.

Senate Bill 301, which represented a previous attempt to loosen employment restrictions, failed in 2017. That bill generally dealt with discrimination against medical marijuana cardholders who tested positive for the cannabis.

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