Some worry use of CBD, hemp products could cause you to lose your job

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - CBD and hemp products are becoming more popular and people are concerned about losing their jobs because of using those products.

A law legalizing hemp changed the definition of marijuana, causing district attorneys across the state to drop low-level possession cases and stop accepting new ones. (Cropped Photo: Barbetorte / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sister station WKYT talked to experts who say hemp-based products will not get you high but some may have trace amounts of THC in them that could show up on a drug test.

An effort in Frankfort to put protections in place for workers who use hemp products got stuck in committee during the 2019 regular season.

In the meantime, attorneys say workers should know their company's policy and talk to their boss about it.

"And I think it's very important on the flipside for employers to make sure that in this changing landscape they reconsider their policies and think about exactly what they want their policy for CBD oil to be," said Tamera Patterson and associate with Lockaby PLLC.

The concentration of THC in the plant is the main difference between hemp and marijuana.

By law, industrial hemp cannot have a THC concentration higher than 0.3 percent.

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