Colorado Lawmakers Decide Employers Can Still Fire Employees Who Use Marijuana at Home

Feb 24, 2020

State lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have prevented businesses from firing workers who use marijuana outside of the office. KUNC’s Scott Franz has more.

A cannabis tourist smells the marijuana product at a recreational dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
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Democratic Representative Jovan Melton of Aurora argued the law should be changed after a quadriplegic Dish Network employee in Colorado was fired ten years ago for using medical marijuana at home.

MELTON: Basically without this bill we’re saying that only the retired and unemployed are safe to participate in something that voters overwhelming said is legal in this state.

But the House business affairs and labor committee unanimously rejected it, with several lawmakers saying it went too far. Opponents also said the testing for marijuana is not good enough yet to determine whether an employee is using the drug at home or at work.