Bill Text: VA HB1862 | 2021 | Regular Session | Engrossed

Bill Title: Employee protections; medicinal use of cannabis oil.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2021-02-05 - Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) [HB1862 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2021-HB1862-Engrossed.html
House Amendments in [ ] February 1, 2021
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 40.1-27.4, relating to employee protections; medicinal use of cannabis oil.
Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Helmer
Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 40.1-27.4 as follows:

§40.1-27.4. Discipline for employee's medicinal use of cannabis oil prohibited.

A. As used in this section, "cannabis oil" means the same as that term is defined in §54.1-3408.3.

B. No employer shall discharge, discipline, or discriminate against an employee for such employee's lawful use of cannabis oil pursuant to a valid written certification issued by a practitioner for the treatment or to eliminate the symptoms of the employee's diagnosed condition or disease pursuant to §54.1-3408.3.

C. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection B, nothing in this section shall (i) restrict an employer's ability to take any adverse employment action for any work impairment [ caused by the use of cannabis oil ] or to prohibit possession during work hours or (ii) require an employer to commit any act that would cause the employer to be in violation of federal law or that would result in the loss of a federal contract or federal funding.