Employee protections; medicinal use of cannabis oil. (HB1862)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) with support from co-patrons Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), and Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Employee protections; medicinal use of cannabis oil. Prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, or discriminating 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. The bill provides that such prohibition does not (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; (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; or (iii) require any defense industrial base sector employer or prospective employer to hire or retain any applicant or employee who tests positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in excess of certain amounts. Read the Bill »


03/25/2021: signed by governor


01/07/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101426D
01/07/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/14/2021Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1862)
01/26/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 2-N)
01/28/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendment(s) (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Read first time
02/01/2021Read second time
02/01/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/01/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1862E
02/01/2021Printed as engrossed 21101426D-E
02/02/2021Read third time and passed House (86-Y 12-N 1-A)
02/02/2021VOTE: Passage (86-Y 12-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1862E)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2021Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (14-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/23/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/24/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2021Passed Senate with amendments (26-Y 13-N)
02/25/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (79-Y 18-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Adoption (79-Y 18-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1862ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/25/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 395 (effective 7/1/21)
03/25/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0395)

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