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Louisiana Bill To Protect Employees From Firing Over Medical Marijuana Heads To Gov.’s Desk

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By Jelena Martinovic

Louisiana employees who use medical marijuana may soon receive much-needed protection from being fired, reported Marijuana Moment.

Sponsored by Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, House Bill 988 passed the Senate on Wednesday in a 26-8 vote.

The legislation, which is now heading to the governor’s desk, would also protect prospective hires from being discriminated against for use of medical cannabis. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill allowing medical marijuana patients to legally smoke whole-plant cannabis flower last year, just days after decriminalizing marijuana possession.

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However, the new bill would not apply to certain occupations, including law enforcement and firefighters, as well as other public safety officials.

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Currently, there are over 43,000 medical marijuana patients in Louisiana.

“There are a lot of people who don’t want to take opioids for their long-term PTSD and pain management because of the high possibility of addiction to opioids,” Landry told a House committee last month. “This has proved to be a better option than them.”

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In the meantime, Louisiana lawmakers recently advanced four cannabis-related bills to the full Senate, aiming to relax the state’s stiff drug policies.

This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been reposted with permission.

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