Now, with the signing of AB 2188 into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 18, employers will be limited in their ability to discriminate against employees’ off-the-job recreational cannabis use beginning Jan. 1, 2024.
By Rodney S. Diggs
This is a significant new development in California, which was the first state to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, followed by recreational use in 2016 with the passage of Proposition 64. The passage of AB 2188 now extends protections into the workplace, which was an arena undisturbed under the Prop. AB 2188 appears to be the natural progression of cannabis law in California since it is safe to assume many, if not most, recreational cannabis users are also employees of a workplace.
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