Marijuana activist to speak about workplace drug testing on Sept. 2

A television reporter who was fired for marijuana use, drawing national attention, will speak in a free public presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Lakeway Inn in Bellingham.

Cyd Maurer, a former morning weekend anchor at KEZI in Eugene, Oregon, will discuss the unfairness of employer tests for marijuana. Maurer was involved in a fender-bender while driving to a live shoot on May 22, 2015. Per company policy, she took a drug test that came back positive for marijuana.

Maurer had consumed cannabis within one week of the accident, but said she was not high at work. She was fired on May 27 and became a marijuana activist after the incident.

“The decision to fire me didn’t come from my immediate supervisors who worked with me everyday, who actually told me they wanted me to keep my job,” Maurer said on her website, “That’s because my supervisors knew me, and trusted me, just like they trusted my coworkers who chose to drink alcohol in their free time.”

Maurer will speak about how current drug tests don’t measure job impairment, saying they’re the same as a test that could detect alcohol weeks after a person had a drink, according to a press release about the event.

The lecture is sponsored by 2020 Solutions, a recreational marijuana retailer with two stores in Bellingham.

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