California's burgeoning cannabis industry and workforce can exhale, but not everyone can light up just yet. Assembly Bill 2188, taking effect next week, prohibits employers from firing or penalizing workers for off-duty marijuana use. However, the legislation carves out exemptions, leaving some sectors in a hazy legal zone.
Construction, transportation, and other safety-sensitive industries remain subject to drug testing and workplace restrictions on marijuana use. Opponents of the bill argue that THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, can linger in the body for weeks after consumption, potentially creating a false positive even in off-duty users.
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