Workers can’t be fired for off-the-clock cannabis use under new law signed by Newsom

California workers who use marijuana off the clock will no longer be penalized, per one bill among a package of cannabis-related legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Sunday.

The promise of cannabis legalization remains out of reach for “far too many Californians,” Newsom said in a Sunday statement.

“These measures build on the important strides our state has made toward this goal, but much work remains to build an equitable, safe and sustainable legal cannabis industry,” Newsom said.

AB2188, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees for their cannabis use in their personal lives, will take effect Jan. 1, 2024. Workers can still be penalized for coming to work high.