D.C. Council Says Workers Can’t Get Fired for Pot

Personnel in the nation’s capital will not have to worry about getting canned more than cannabis, underneath a monthly bill passed by the Washington, D.C. metropolis council on Tuesday.

The evaluate, recognised as the “Cannabis Work Protections Modification Act of 2022,” was permitted unanimously by the governing physique.

It now awaits the signature of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. According to Countrywide Public Radio, if Bowser have been to sign it, “the bill will turn into legislation immediately after a 60-working day congressional overview and the bill’s publication in the District of Columbia Sign up.”

The bill does not implement to each worker doing work in D.C. As the Washington Article pointed out, the legislation would “[make] exceptions, nonetheless, for personnel in ‘safety-sensitive positions,’ which includes operators of major equipment, building staff, law enforcement and protection guards who carry weapons and health-related gurus.” And, of system, the legislation would not guard the scores of federal staff members from experiencing willpower if they tested good for hashish.

The federal federal government, on the other hand, carries on to exert its authority about Washington, D.C.’s hashish regulations.

Voters in D.C. permitted a evaluate legalizing pot use for older people again in 2014, but leisure cannabis sales are still unlawful.

That’s for the reason that Congress, which has authority over D.C.’s regulations, has barred the commercialization of weed in the city in just about every appropriations monthly bill considering the fact that the legalization measure handed eight yrs back.

There was hope past year that Congress might at last conclusion the restriction, right after a draft monthly bill introduced in the Senate last Oct did not include the provision.

Bowser’s camp applauded that at the time.

“The Senate appropriations bill is a important phase in recognizing that in a democracy, D.C. citizens should really be ruled by D.C. values,” Bowser’s place of work reported in a statement. “As we continue on on the path to D.C. statehood, I want to thank Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Senator Patrick Leahy, our great close friend and Subcommittee Chair, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and, of course, our champion on the Hill, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, for recognizing and advancing the will of D.C. voters. We urge Congress to go a final paying monthly bill that similarly gets rid of all anti-Home Rule riders, permitting D.C. to expend our neighborhood resources as we see fit.”

Republicans, nonetheless, were not pleased.

“This one-sided system has resulted in payments that invest in excessive of the Democrats’ own finances resolution and fail to give equivalent thing to consider to our nation’s protection. Their charges are loaded with poison supplements and problematic authorizing provisions, and they remove important legacy riders on matters like terrorism, abortion, and immigration that for many years have savored broad guidance on both sides of the aisle,” Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby reported at the time.

By March, Shelby and the Republicans won out, as the last model of the appropriations bill preserved the ban.

Teams these as the Drug Coverage Alliance and the American Civil Liberties Union lamented the improvement, indicating that Washington, D.C. “remains the only jurisdiction in the place that simply cannot control marijuana income or fruitfully faucet into the general public health and protection rewards of legalization.”

“In a person hand, Congress continues to make strides in advancing federal marijuana reform grounded in racial justice, although concurrently currently being liable for prohibiting the very jurisdiction that led the place in legalizing cannabis by way of this lens from becoming able to regulate it. This conflict and contradiction have to stop now,” Queen Adesuyi, Senior National Plan Manager for the Drug Coverage Alliance, reported in March.

Even with the ban, some stores in Washington, D.C. have however managed to provide pot, usually by means of the practice of “gifting,” by which a enterprise sells a product or service (often a t-shirt or hat) and then provides the purchaser with a “gift” of weed.

In April, the D.C. Metropolis Council turned down a proposal to crack down on those shops.