Rule-making panel: Coloradans can still lose jobs over pot smoking

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 16:24 EDT
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Marijuana users in Colorado may no longer fear arrest but they very well could still lose their jobs after a drug test, a task force set up to recommend rules for legalization decided Tuesday.

In other words: Just because Colorado voters approved regulation of marijuana last November doesn’t mean you boss did, too.

That’s the takeaway from last night’s meeting of the Amendment 64 Task Force, a key group of regulators attempting to hash out recommendations for rules before Colorado takes a crucial first step toward retail sales.

It wasn’t an easy call, though. The proposal largely divided members of the task force, according to The Denver Post.

While proponents of the law insisted that marijuana users should be afforded the same protections as alcohol users, the majority ultimately decided that would be going a little bit too far and opted not to recommend changes in the worker-employer relationship.

The group’s next rule-making session is set for Feb. 9.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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