The Risk of a Recreational Medicine
My ambivalence about legalizing marijuana carries into this legal development, but I post it mainly as an interesting civic conundrum:
Tens of thousands of Californians are obtaining medical marijuana recommendations from physicians so they can use pot without fear of arrest.
But they still can lose their jobs.
California’s Proposition 215, passed by voters in 1996, approved the use of marijuana for a wide range of ailments. But it doesn’t require employers to make accommodations or waive any workplace rules for legal cannabis users.
On one hand, if employers feel that use of a particular substance, even outside of work, represents a potential risk of any kind, they ought to be able to continue testing for it. Employees are free not to work there, to take the initiative to compete in the market, or to attempt to affect the business by influencing its customers. On the other hand, although I always found (more than a decade ago) that pot does affect one’s mental alertness even after its effects have worn off, but then, so does alcohol.
Whichever way the coin falls, though, I hope that this remains a state-by-state issue.