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Workers who use marijuana could gain job protections

Posted 3/10/22

Lawmakers in Illinois are looking to pass legislation that would protect workers who use marijuana from being fired or disciplined. Although the state legalized cannabis for those 21 or older back in 2019, employees who must undergo drug testing and use medical or recreational marijuana risk losing their jobs.

A bill sponsored by State Rep. Bob Morgan would prohibit employers from refusing to hire or firing those who have a positive drug test for cannabis “unless the test result exceeds limits set forth in certain DUI provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code.” The proposed legislation passed in the Illinois House of Representatives March 3, and must now go through the Senate.

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