This past January, Hawaii Senators Rosalyn Baker (D) and Brian Taniguchi (D) introduced Senate Bill 2543, a bill that would grant employment protection to employees who use cannabis. Although the bill was introduced months ago, it is still making its way through the legislature.

According to the wording of the bill, employers in Hawaii could lose monetary or licensing benefits if they fail to protect employees who use medical cannabis. Discrimination against patients when hiring, firing, or making any changes to employment would be prohibited. Discrimination will not be allowed against medical cannabis card holders or those who test positive for medical cannabis and are legally allowed to take it. The one exception will be for “potentially dangerous occupations,” which at this time are not clearly defined in the bill.

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