The Louisiana Legislature has passed a bill to protect workers who use medical cannabis, sending the legislation to Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature.
House Bill 988, sponsored by Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, shields state employees from being fired, as well as protects job candidates from being discriminated against, if they are a registered medical cannabis patient.
The legislation would not apply to law enforcement, firefighters or other public safety officials.
H.B. 988 passed the House May 24 in a 60-32 vote and cleared the Senate June 1 in a 26-8 vote.
During this year’s legislative session, lawmakers voted to further expand medical cannabis access, sending a bill to Bel Edwards that would more than triple the number of dispensaries in the state.