“Times have changed; attitudes have changed, and in many places, the marijuana laws have changed. It is time for workplace policies to adapt to this new reality.”
Commenting on the policy change, NORML Political Associate Tyler McFadden said: “Employment protections are critical to ensure that law-abiding adults are not unduly discriminated against in their efforts to be productive members of society solely because of their use of cannabis while off the job. This order provides clarity and guidance to employers and peace of mind to the employees who work in the District of Columbia.”
The Act states, “A public employer may not refuse to hire, terminate from employment, penalize, fail to promote, or otherwise take adverse employment action against an individual based upon the individual’s status as a qualifying patient.”
New data released by the Washington, D.C. police indicate that there has been a massive reduction in marijuana-related arrests in the nation’s capital post-prohibition. Astoundingly, there has been almost a 100% decrease in marijuana arrests in just one year after 70% of the District’s voters chose to end marijuana prohibition.
A rider was included in the final version of the House omnibus appropriations bill with…
Oregon and Alaska legalized and regulated the commercial production and sale of marijuana for adults, while voters residing in the nation’s capitol and in numerous other cities nationwide similarly decided this Election Day to eliminate marijuana possession penalties.
A new District ordinance reducing marijuana possession penalties to a fine-only violation goes into effect on Thursday, July 17. The measure amends District law involving the possession or transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000) to a civil violation (punishable by a $25 fine, no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record).
In a Statement of Administration Policy, released today, President Obama’s administration took a firm stance…