House Passes MMJ Bill Dealing with Employers
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House Passes MMJ Bill Dealing with Employers
Posted by CN Staff on February 08, 2011 at 20:01:12 PT
By The Gazette State Bureau
Source: Billings Gazette
Helena, MT -- The House on Tuesday passed by 83-17 a bill clarifying employers' and employees' rights when it comes to workers' use of medical marijuana.House Bill 43, by Rep. Gary MacLaren, R-Victor, will face a final House vote before moving to the Senate. The bill was part of a package drafted by an interim legislative committee.
It specifies that employers' insurers are not liable for any workplace injuries or occupational diseases if the workers' use of medical marijuana is found to be the major contributing cause.In addition, employers' insurers are not liable for paying the costs relating to employees' use of medical marijuana or the consequences of their use.MacLaren also said the bill clarifies that employees may not be discriminated at the workplace because they are licensed to use medical marijuana.At the same time, he said, medical marijuana users would be subject to the same drug and alcohol tests if their employers give these tests to all employees.Rep. Walter McNutt, R-Sidney, warned that employers could be saddled with picking up the costs of injured workers on medical marijuana if their insurers don't cover them as the bill specifies.Others disagreed.Rep. Steve Fitzpatrick, R-Great Falls, called it a safety bill."This is a good bill for the employers of the state," he said. "This is a good bill for the employees of the state."Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT)Published:  February 8, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Billings GazetteContact: speakup billingsgazette.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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