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By Brooklyn Hillemann

WNPA News Service

OLYMPIA — Marijuana users in Washington state won’t risk losing their jobs because of a positive drug test if a proposal being considered by the state legislature wins approval.

SB 5517 would update Washington law that currently allows employers to refuse job applicants and terminate employees for testing positive for marijuana use in drug tests.

The bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, said current employment laws need to be reformed to account for recreational drug legalization.

“The war on drugs has had a really negative impact on so many communities,” she said. “Part of that has been almost universal approaches to drug testing.”

Keizer’s bill had a public hearing Jan. 19 before the Senate Labor, Trade, and Tribal Affairs Committee, with attendees expressing a mix of opposition and support.

The 502 Initiative legalized the recreational use of marijuana for Washington adults in 2012, making Washington one of the first states to do so. However, the state has maintained that employers are permitted to base employment decisions on drug test results.

Certain exceptions outlined in the bill will allow employers to retain the right to testing if they create “drug-free workplaces.” These workplaces should have written policies, educate employees, and train supervisors about the company’s tolerance for drug use. Additionally, federal employees will still be subject to testing due to inconsistencies…

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By Brooklyn Hillemann

WNPA News Service

OLYMPIA — Marijuana users in Washington state won’t risk losing their jobs because of a positive drug test if a proposal being considered by the state legislature wins approval.

SB 5517 would update Washington law that currently allows employers to refuse job applicants and terminate employees for testing positive for marijuana use in drug tests.

The bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, said current employment laws need to be reformed to account for recreational drug legalization.

“The war on drugs has had a really negative impact on so many communities,” she said. “Part of that has been almost universal approaches to drug testing.”

Keizer’s bill had a public hearing Jan. 19 before the Senate Labor, Trade, and Tribal Affairs Committee, with attendees expressing a mix of opposition and support.

The 502 Initiative legalized the recreational use of marijuana for Washington adults in 2012, making Washington one of the first states to do so. However, the state has maintained that employers are permitted to base employment decisions on drug test results.

Certain exceptions outlined in the bill will allow employers to retain the right to testing if they create “drug-free workplaces.” These workplaces should have written policies, educate employees, and train supervisors about the company’s tolerance for drug use. Additionally, federal employees will still be subject to testing due to inconsistencies…

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