Movies and television often perpetuate the stereotype that just about every Los Angeles resident is in therapy. However, the stigma associated with mental illness is still a source of discrimination for many Californians looking for a job or hoping to remain in their job. In fact, many prefer to remain "in the closet" to employers and colleagues. However, roughly 46 million adults in America suffer or have recently suffered from an emotional, behavioral or mental disorder. However, studies have shown that employers are still reluctant to hire someone with even a history of mental health problems.
Until the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is amended, marijuana use will not be a protected activity and employers can enforce drug-free workplace policies that may interfere with the use of medical marijuana without committing disability discrimination. At least that's what it appears the Ninth Circuit reasoned in recent decision.