Louisiana Senate Must Pass Medical Marijuana Worker Protections Bill (Op-Ed) – Marijuana Moment

“No one should be fired for seeking legal medical care for an illness or disease. This legislation is crucial in showing that medical marijuana is the same as any other prescription drug that doctors prescribe.”

By Donnie P., Green Leaf Dispensary 

This week, the Louisiana House passed HB 988, which would protect state public employees from being discriminated against or terminated from their job for using medical marijuana. While the Senate has yet to vote on the measure, my hope is that it will pass and become law.

No one should be fired for seeking legal medical care for an illness or disease. This legislation is crucial in showing that medical marijuana is the same as any other prescription drug that doctors prescribe.

I hope all Louisiana Senate lawmakers consider the benefits of medical marijuana for patients before making their decision. Scientific research has proven that cannabis is effective in treating chronic pain, cancer related symptoms, migraines and some forms of PTSD.

Medical marijuana is also less addictive than opioids when used as a treatment for pain. A study by professors from Yale University and the University of California found that counties with cannabis dispensaries were associated with fewer opioid

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