Legislative Alert - Friday, September 9th, 2016: No Guns for Medical Marijuana Users [Video + Transcript]
- No Guns for Medical Marijuana Users
- Car Dealer Sued Over Drug Testing
- State Expands Background Checks in Schools
- Sex Offenders Need Not Apply
No Guns for Medical Marijuana Users
A federal appeals court says federally licensed firearms dealers cannot sell to people with medical marijuana cards. While the state might sanction the use of the drug, marijuana use is still illegal under federal law. Therefore, the court agreed that possession of the prescription card gives a gun dealer “reasonable cause to believe” that the customer is an unlawful drug user.
Car Dealer Sued Over Drug Testing
The EEOC has sued an Arizona based car dealership over accusations it discriminates against applicants with disabilities. Sara Thorholm was offered a job, but that offer was rescinded after her legally prescribed ADD medication caused her to fail the company’s drug test. According to complaint, the human resources director refused to consider documentation from the prescribing physician or Thorholm’s offer to change to another medication. According to the EEOC, the dealership has refused to hire other applicants that needed similar accommodations.
State Expands Background Checks in Schools
The Indiana Department of Education is asking schools to do background checks on everyone working in the state’s schools. Up until now, only the licensed teachers were subject to the checks. But after receiving an “F” grade in the USA Today investigation on screening educators, the state has been looking for ways to protect students. As an incentive to monitor all adults who come into contact with the students, schools will get discounted rates on the background screens. Officials are also trying to change state law so that a teacher’s license would be revoked as soon as they are convicted of a crime involving sexual misconduct.
Sex Offenders Need Not Apply
California’s General Assembly wrapped up its session last week by passing another bill aimed at ride-sharing companies. This one does not mandate fingerprinting - as many had hoped for. Rather it makes it illegal for the companies to hire a driver if they are registered sex offenders, or have been convicted of a violent felony or any terrorism related offense. Anyone convicted of assault, domestic violence or DUI in the last 7 years would also be banned. Violations will cost companies $5,000 per banned driver. The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.