Washington Senate Passes Bill Banning Hiring Discrimination for Pot Use

On Wednesday, April 28th, 2021, the Washington State Senate passed a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against potential employees based on their past marijuana use. This bill is a major step forward for the state of Washington in terms of protecting the rights of individuals who have used marijuana in the past.

The bill, SB 5155, was sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer and passed with a vote of 27-21. It would make it illegal for employers to refuse to hire or terminate an employee based on their past marijuana use. This bill would also prohibit employers from asking potential employees about their marijuana use or using marijuana use as a factor in any hiring decision.

The bill is a major victory for marijuana advocates, who have long argued that marijuana use should not be a factor in employment decisions. Marijuana use is legal in Washington, and many believe that employers should not be able to discriminate against individuals based on something that is legal in the state.

The bill is also an important step forward in terms of protecting the rights of individuals who have used marijuana in the past. There is a long history of discrimination against marijuana users, and this bill would help to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against based on their past marijuana use.

In addition to protecting individuals from discrimination, the bill would also help to ensure that employers are not wasting resources on unnecessary drug tests. Many employers have been known to require drug tests for potential employees, even when it is unnecessary. This bill would help to ensure that employers are not wasting resources on drug tests that are not necessary.

The bill now moves to the House for consideration. If it passes in the House, it will then be sent to Governor Inslee for his signature. If he signs the bill, it will become law and employers in Washington will be prohibited from discriminating against potential employees based on their past marijuana use.

This bill is a major step forward for the state of Washington in terms of protecting the rights of individuals who have used marijuana in the past. It is an important step in terms of ensuring that individuals are not discriminated against based on something that is legal in the state. It is also an important step in terms of ensuring that employers are not wasting resources on unnecessary drug tests. This bill is a major victory for marijuana advocates, and we look forward to seeing it become law.