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Massachusetts: Support Legislation to End Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Consumers

Update: A hearing for H 113 is scheduled for 07/31/2017 from 01:00 PM-05:00 PM in B-1.

Update: H.2385 was incorporated into H. 3776, which is the House bill to rewrite the implementation of Question 4. You can follow that legislation by clicking HERE

Update: A joint hearing for H 2385 was held on 4/3.

Legislation is pending before the House, H 113, to prohibit employers from discriminating against patients who legally consume marijuana during non-work hours. Additional legislation, H 2385, would expand protections for medical marijuana patients so that they may not be discriminated against with regard to housing, higher education, and child custody issues. 

Changes in the legal status of marijuana has not been associated with any adverse changes in workplace safety. In fact, a pair of studies from 2016 find that legalization is associated with greater workforce participation and with fewer workplace absences. Most recently, the National Academies of Sciences just-released marijuana and health report found “insufficient evidence” to support an association between cannabis use and occupational accidents or injuries.

It is time to end this discriminatory policy.

Those who consume conventional medications legally and responsibly while off the job do not suffer sanctions from their employers unless their work performance is adversely affected. Employers should treat those patients who consume cannabis legally while away from the workplace in a similar manner.

Please use the pre-written letter below to urge your elected officials to end discrimination against marijuana patients. 



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