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Colorado lawmakers want to stop employers from firing people for using weed in their personal time

The lawmakers want to redefine a state statute to allow people to use marijuana when off the clock

Saja Hindi
The Denver Post

Two Colorado lawmakers want to pass a law to protect workers who use marijuana when they’re off the clock.

House Rep. Jevon Melton, D-Aurora, has introduced a bill to prevent businesses from firing employees for partaking in legal activities on their own time — even if the activities are only legal under state and not federal law. To pass, though, the bill will likely require some compromise to address expected objections from the business community.

Melton says the measure would correct an oversight in Colorado law.

“It was just a glaring gap that we have here in the statute, especially when we’re supposed to regulate marijuana like we are with alcohol,” Melton said. “If someone’s able to drink while they’re at home and on their free time, as long as they’re not coming into work intoxicated, then they’re not penalized with their employment.”

The bill would clarify the definition of legal activities as those that are legal just under state law, so if Coloradans legalize anything else that is illegal federally, lawmakers wouldn’t have go through the same process again.

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