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Group fighting for employment for medical marijuana users

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 19:39:13-05

TULSA, Okla. — A local medical marijuana group, Cannabis Party USA, is looking to file two new ballot initiatives aimed at protecting medical cannabis user's rights.

The group held a conference at the Oklahoma City Supreme Court steps at 4:20 p.m. today discussing those initiatives. Organizers also say today is when the official filing of the ballot initiatives began.

The proposed ballot initiative, SQ810, if passed would provide blanket protection for medical marijuana users in the workplace, but attorney Logan Jones says initiative SQ810 will not likely be accepted because there is already a law similar to that in place.

“The current qualification of law embedded in the “Unity Bill” which passed mid-2019 already provides protection to employees who have a medical marijuana card," said Jones.

While the 'Unity Bill' protects medical marijuana users in some cases of wrongful termination, but some cannabis users say the wording of what’s considered a “safety sensitive job” in the unity law isn’t specific and doesn’t protect them enough.

“That Unity Law is so vague, it’s so vague, I mean any employer can deem anything safety sensitive. think it should be law for them to have to tell you that your job is safety sensitive, because at the moment it’s not," said a medical marijuana who did not want to be identified.

“With the phraseology they’ve chosen in the law with the safety sensitive position, there is no definite language about what safety sensitive means. Its subjective to interpretation," said Jones.

If you have a medical marijuana card, the best thing to do is make sure you have the full job description from the human resources department before you start your position and have them document on paper if your position is safety sensitive.

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