With SB 962 and HB 595 having been filed back in early November, this bill could change the outlook for those afraid to make the jump towards becoming a licensed medical marijuana patient by further protecting them from being discriminated against by their employers. Unfortunately, this issue has become all too common with Florida’s medical marijuana patients. As our current law stands, patients have zero protections against their rights as MMJ patients. Having a pool of over a quarter million people exposed like this has also let a new wave of attorney’s flood in to prospect the early stages of MMJ patient protection.
The bill will introduce a new set of procedures for employers to follow shall an employee test positive for marijuana. This is a huge step in the right direction for the State as it prohibits employers from taking action against employees who are also qualified medical marijuana patients (in most situations). Many Floridians are not open to medical marijuana solely due to the reality of possibly losing their main source of income due to speed bumps such as corporate policies or random drug testing.
Thankfully this mindset is slowly shifting in favor of Cannabis advocates and with new bills on the horizon, us Floridians have an optimistic future as far as patient rights goes. If other states and their marijuana laws are to go by, we should have no problem introducing safety nets to those still being discriminated against.
Come this election we will see a shift in focus on these specific issues as more and more people join the already massive 300,000 card holders in Florida. Join the movement and help shift our states policies in the right direction and become a cardholder today!
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