skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Governor Kills Medical Marijuana Measure

Audio

Aired 4/19/09

 

Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill aimed at providing job protection for medical marijuana users. The measure would have prohibited employees from being fired for testing positive for marijuana they used with a doctor's approval. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

 

The bill would have overturned a state Supreme Court ruling on California's medical marijuana law. The court said the law was not designed to prevent employers from firing workers for violating federal drug statutes.

 

In his veto message, the governor agreed that employment protection was not part of the initiative voters approved 12 years ago.

 

Dan Bernath is with the Marijuana Policy Project .

 

Dan Bernath : I think it's ridiculous to think that the voters of California wanted patients to use this medicine if their doctors recommended it, but did not want them to be able to be employable.

 

Eleven other states have medical marijuana laws. Rhode Island is the only state with employment protection written in the law.

 

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

 

 

Please stay on topic and be as concise as possible. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Community Discussion Rules. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus