OHA joins “SQ 788 is NOT Medical, 2018” campaign

Posted on: 5/16/18

State Question 788 is not simple medical marijuana. OHA has joined with health care, law enforcement, business and religious groups to defeat SQ 788. The initiative will be voted on June 26.  

SQ 788 is a problem for hospitals as employers as well as for patient safety. Setting aside the medical concerns with SQ 788, as employers, we believe hospitals should be opposed to the passage of the question. All current drug testing policies at hospitals and their clinics will have to be re-written if SQ 788 passes. Under SQ 788, employers cannot test for marijuana usage in an employment screening and must have cause to test an employee suspected of using marijuana. Some employment attorneys believe SQ 788 would create a protected class of employees who hold the medical marijuana license for the two-year duration permitted under the license. Stated another way, if a person is a medical marijuana license holder, their usage of marijuana would only be restricted while on the job, not right before they start their shift at the hospital or clinic, thus putting at risk patient safety.

Watch for more details on this effort. (Lynne White)

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