Florida Lawmakers File Legislation to Protect Public Employees Who Use Medical Cannabis

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Florida Sen. Tina Polsky and Rep. Nicholas Duran have filed legislation to protect public employees who use medical cannabis, according to a local WMFE report.

The bill would bar public employers from firing, demoting or suspending employees who test positive for cannabis, as long as they are enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program, the news outlet reported.

Employers would still be permitted to take punitive action against employees who use medical cannabis on the job, WMFE reported, as well as those whose job performance suffers as a result of their medical cannabis use.

Polsky introduced similar legislation last year to protect private employees enrolled in Florida’s medical cannabis program, according to the news outlet, but the bill did not receive a hearing.

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Florida Lawmakers File Legislation to Protect Public Employees Who Use Medical Cannabis

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Florida Sen. Tina Polsky and Rep. Nicholas Duran have filed legislation to protect public employees who use medical cannabis, according to a local WMFE report.

The bill would bar public employers from firing, demoting or suspending employees who test positive for cannabis, as long as they are enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program, the news outlet reported.

Employers would still be permitted to take punitive action against employees who use medical cannabis on the job, WMFE reported, as well as those whose job performance suffers as a result of their medical cannabis use.

Polsky introduced similar legislation last year to protect private employees enrolled in Florida’s medical cannabis program, according to the news outlet, but the bill did not receive a hearing.

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