Marijuana: Amendment 64 Task Force backs letting employers fire people for pot use


The task force also voted to support a recommendation that youth under eighteen years old not be criminalized for a first offense of marijuana possession. Former Denver Manager of Safety Charlie Garcia said that while he doesn't support legalizing marijuana for kids, criminalizing it has "big consequences.

"They end up with a criminal history because of possession of a joint," he said.

Instead of being convicted and possibly winding up in juvenile detention, the punishment for possession of less than an ounce of weed would "be limited to education and treatment as ordered by the juvenile court," the recommendation says. Read it below.

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A64 Task Force
Members also agreed on a recommendation that would allow counties or municipalities to ban recreational marijuana businesses, just as they can with medical marijuana dispensaries. Read the recommendation below.

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A64 Task Force
In all, the task force okayed seven recommendations and sent two -- including one about licensing fees -- back to their working groups to be revised. Among the others approved were a recommendation to explore banking options for marijuana businesses and one to allow lawmakers to adopt industrial hemp regulations.

View all of the recommendations on this PowerPoint from Tuesday's task force meeting. It includes a presentation by University of Denver professor and task force member Sam Kamin about how marijuana is regulated by the federal government, and how the feds' laws may or may not impact Colorado in light of Amendment 64.

"We can't make Amendment 64 bulletproof," Kamin told the task force. "If the feds want to shut it down, they will." But he added that having sound regulations -- like those in place for Colorado's medical marijuana industry -- will likely keep the feds at bay.

The task force -- which is charged with finding "practical and pragmatic solutions to the challenges of implementing Amendment 64," The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act -- will meet for the last time on Thursday, February 28, at which point it will finalize its recommendations for lawmakers.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: At Legal Chronic Delivery, the weed is free, but the bumper sticker costs $50."


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admin178
admin178

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John Devlin
John Devlin

Tami Gibson, I own a small commercial construction company here in Denver. All my guys smoke pot. I would much prefer that to a hung over, dragging his ass drinker. My preference does not change the issue. The relationship between the states and the feds needs to be worked out. IMO that will not happen until legalization becomes more wide spread and the feds have to deal with it.

freetheplant
freetheplant

Police chief John Jackson says in the article open integration scares him to death because it creates too much opportunity to grow the industry which may bolster the black market. The black market will grow outside of Colorado because of A64 regardless. I think you will see people move to Colorado and grow marijuana to make black market profits by shipping what they grow in Colorado out of Colorado to other states where recreational legislation is non-existent and where they can make greater profits.

I think this window will exist a few more years until other states start passing recreational bills.There is nothing the prohibitionists can do now to stop legalization from spreading. There are so many people that use marijuana and so many that want it legalized and are fighting for it.A64 lowered prices across the board on marijuana. When other states start passing similar bills, the prices will continue to lower. I am glad that A64 passed even though it wasn't a perfect bill. Colorado's A64 is far better than Washington's I-502. Washington still outlaws recreational cultivation.

It would've been hard to get employment safeguards written into A64 with marijuana still being illegal at the federal level. I would've liked for A64 to have had employment safeguards written into it but I still think it was worthy enough to be voted for to get passed. I don't think those who profit from MMJ wanted to see A64  pass as it brings in a vast amount of new growers and prices that are already lowering get lowered even more because of those who will now start growing because of A64. 

Even under A20, MMJ users had no employment protection just as there is still no protection in the employment area for marijuana users under A64, but I still think it's a step forward as you no longer need a doctor's written approval to grow and possess marijuana. Right after A64 passed, there were a lot of Colorado prosecutors who dropped hundreds of marijuana cases because of A64's passage. That is a good sign. The wheel to legalization is moving slow but it is moving forward. 

More people who kept quiet about their marijuana use will now be more relaxed and open about it since it's legal recreationally. Attitudes will become more positive.





Jeremy Parra
Jeremy Parra

This is happening to me right now. It's not about thc, its about liability.

Tami Gibson
Tami Gibson

Question: would u rather have an alcoholic working for you, or someone that smokes weed once in a while?

John Devlin
John Devlin

Does not matter. It stays in your system for 6 to 8 weeks. It states in all workmen's comp policy that coverage is void if the person making the claim has an federally illegal drug in there system. They employer is compelled to protect his business on the side of federal law until they figure this out. I pay thousands a year for WC. I know the problem pretty well.

Smoochie Setzke
Smoochie Setzke

If the pot use is on the job, impacts the worker's ability to effectively do their job, endangers coworkers, or jeopardizes any federal contracts or funding then yes. They should be. I don't think there are effective tests currently that can determine when the pot use occurred so it's tricky.

John Devlin
John Devlin

Problem that has to be solved is the difference between state and federal law. It is that simple. It is a bit of a legal nightmare at this point.

Gil Henry
Gil Henry

Diana Ramirez and others who say yes, I think you need to understand that if you show up at work on Monday morning and they test you, you're going to have THC in your urine. Even though the effects of Saturday night have completely worn off. So they can fire you because the test shows you are stoned when you're not. That isn't right and we are all lemmings if we think that is fair. I agree that if you show up Monday morning high as a kite on anything you should be fired.

Vaios Papastergiou
Vaios Papastergiou

Absolutely not! Why not fire alcoholics then! Look at the stats PEOPLE! Marijuana is a medical/industrial marvel, alcohol is the sweat of the Devil. PS, I don't smoke it either. It's only illegal because big oil and pharma know it can fucking wipe them out. Finally, do you really think big Pharma would be in business if you didn't get sick? They KEEP you sick. That is why I stick to fresh herbs for medicine and consistant sanitation. Monsanto cor is out to f*** you too. They put poison in your food, but they call the poison GMO. Peace and unity to all

John Devlin
John Devlin

Some of this has to do with workman's comp and such. They go by federal law since they are federally insured organizations. Hence the problem for the employer in the cause of an accident and the employee tests positive to a drug considered illegal by the feds.

Gil Henry
Gil Henry

I thought that what people did in the privacy of their own homes was their own business now if you test positive for smoking on the weekend you can get fired. This is not what we voted for and we need to organize an anti-task force who is all but making it illegal again, let's not be lemmings about this..

Curtis Johnson
Curtis Johnson

Duh, of course. If I'm writing your check, and I say no drug, you play by my rules, or hit the bricks! So simple!

Sean Giles
Sean Giles

Friend of mine, a licensed medical marijuana user, was fired for testing positive. He told his HR that he was licensed to use it ahead of time and they told him that it would be fine. C-level decided they didn't like the idea of a stoner being employed and fired him anyways. Should employers be allowed to fire employees for being inebriated on the job? Sure. Should they be able to fire you because you test positive for marijuana use? No.

Wayne DeNucci
Wayne DeNucci

I have 2 Business ! If they do there job and show up to work i dont care what they do on there own time

Wayne DeNucci
Wayne DeNucci

I have 2 Business ! If they do there job and show up to work i dont care what they do on there own time

David Heck
David Heck

@Diana E Ramirez I completely agree as long as they are testing active thc in my blood I've got no problem with it.

David Heck
David Heck

@Diana E Ramirez I completely agree as long as they are testing active thc in my blood I've got no problem with it.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Why is off-site mj use recommended to be treated differently than off-site alcohol use? I would love to hear the committee's explanation. Seriously.

Victor Carrillo
Victor Carrillo

What stores can i purchase It at freely Is all I'm gonna need to know?

Victor Carrillo
Victor Carrillo

What stores can i purchase It at freely Is all I'm gonna need to know?

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

They can fire you for whatever it's an at will state here

Brent Miller
Brent Miller

Colorado is an "at will state" so they can do where they like (as long as they can back it with a lawyer. Lol)

Diana E. Ramirez
Diana E. Ramirez

employers should have discretion of what kind of behavior their employees exhibit while at work or under the company's umbrella. If that means you shouldn't be drunk or high at work or when representing the company (like at conventions or trade shows) then so be it. If you don't like the rules your employer has then don't work there.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

YA wanna bet the new Mommy murder was taking pills AND meth?

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

BIGOTS..it is O.K. to get drunk and kill someone driving! BUT fire the NIGGER opps I mean POTHEADs that have GREAT DRIVE RECORDS..HA!

Terry Richardson
Terry Richardson

Can employers fire for off-site alcohol use? No. Whatever happened to "regulating" like alcohol? A64 is going to turn into a huge mess.

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

enjoy A64 soon you'll be begging for the old days when Pot wasn't even on the radar.

Carrie Appel
Carrie Appel

If they show up to work high, or it affects their job performance, yes.

bongsucker
bongsucker

@John Devlin

Note to self: do not hire Devlin construction

bongsucker
bongsucker

@Tami Gibson ...how about a clean and sober employee who does neither?

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