House panel advances bill protecting state employees who use medical marijuana

Published: May 19, 2022

By: Piper Hutchinson, LSU Manship School News Service

A House committee advanced a bill by Rep. Mandie Landry that would protect state employees who are legally treated with medical marijuana. Photo credit: Piper Hutchinson/LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE – The House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations unanimously advanced a bill Thursday that would protect state employees who are legally treated with medical marijuana.

House Bill 988, sponsored by Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, protects state employees from negative consequences if they are diagnosed with a condition for which their doctor recommends medical marijuana that is used in accordance with state law.

The law would protect employees from being fired and would protect prospective employees from being discriminated against for their use of medical marijuana.

The bill would not apply to law enforcement, firefighters or other public safety officials.

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy reported that there are over 43,000 medical marijuana users in the state. The first medical marijuana dispensaries in the state began operating in 2019.

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