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Starting January 1, It Will Be Illegal For Employers in California to Discriminate Against Cannabis Use

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A new California law will soon protect most workers in the state who use cannabis off the clock.



Starting Jan. 1, it will be illegal for employers to discriminate against hiring, firing or punishing someone based on their use of cannabis when not working and away from the worksite


Moving forward, employers can still test employees and potential employees for THC, the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that can indicate impairment. However, the law stops employers from discriminating against them if they test positive for non-psychoactive cannabis metabolites, or metabolized THC, found in hair, blood, urine and other bodily fluids.


In October, Newsom signed another bill — Senate Bill 700 — related to cannabis into law that will block most employers from asking job applicants about their prior cannabis use starting next year.


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