New York City Council passes ban on pre-employment marijuana testing

Mike Montone
April 09, 2019 - 3:25 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The New York City Council has passed a bill that would bar employers from requiring pre-employment marijuana tests.

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Bloomberg Law reports, the bill passed Tuesday, is part of an effort to cut down on the legal consequences of marijuana use. Back in March, the council passed a resolution urging the state to legalize recreational pot.

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“We need to be creating more access points for employment, not less,” said Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (D), who sponsored the bill, “And as we move toward legalization, it makes absolutely no sense that we’re keeping people from finding jobs or advancing their careers because of marijuana use.”

The bill makes exceptions for jobs involving safety and security as well as those tied to state or federal contracts, Bloomberg Law reports. That includes construction workers, cops, commercial drivers, and workers who care for children, medical patients, and people with disabilities.

It would take a year for the bill to go into effect once signed by Mayor de Blasio.

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