California’s Terminator Kills Medical Marijuana Employment Rights Bill

A staggering $15.2 billion budget deficit in California didn’t stop Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from sending thousands of state-legal medical marijuana patients into unemployment. Last night, the “Governator” vetoed A.B. 2279, which would have made it illegal for employers to fire or deny employment to state-legal medical marijuana patients for testing positive for marijuana.

A.B. 2279 included provisions that exempted safety-sensitive positions and didn’t force employers to violate federal law. But you wouldn’t know it by listening to the bill’s opponents.

Schwarzenegger’s veto message states that he couldn’t support the bill because “Employment protection was not a goal of the initiative as passed by voters.” Apparently the governor thinks that voters want to force medical marijuana patients into unemployment rather than allow them to work and pay taxes like those who use physician-prescribed Oxycontin do.

California’s medical marijuana law still enjoys overwhelming support from voters and it clearly demands that seriously ill patients not be subject to sanction for their use of medical marijuana.

Schwarzenegger, who freely admits his past use of marijuana and says he did it because he “always knew how to enjoy [himself],” just declared that if you use it as part of a physician-approved treatment, you don’t deserve to be employed.

6 thoughts on “California’s Terminator Kills Medical Marijuana Employment Rights Bill”

  1. This is going to allow more power for Nazi corporations and is a step back in California’s progress. Now we just have to live in fear of bosses that don’t like us. This is crap.

  2. California’s Governor is so out of step with the common American who uses cannabis for relief from serious pain that I would say he is unfeeling, having not a drop of mercy for the sick and dying. I wonder if Teddy Kenedy needed some weed for his brain would Arnold object!!!!

  3. I am a medical marijuana patient and recently I got fired from my job for using the prescribed drug. I have never done anything wrong at work except doing a good job for the company and be a productive citizen in California. Having been an amputee since the age of 16 is not easy and medical marijuana helped me in many ways. It helped me gain serious confidence about my ability and gave me a new outlook of life. Now if using medical marijuana to help me live a more interesting life and helped me get through the days without feeling sad, what’s wrong with it?

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