The District of Columbia has been wrestling with several issues regarding legal marijuana. A majority of voters passed Initiative 71 during the mid-term elections, which was intended to make recreational marijuana legal, but Congress is withholding funds needed to make legalization a complete reality.
Now, the D.C. Council has passed a new temporary law that will ban employers from drug testing job applicants.
Under the quickly passed “Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Emergency Act of 2014” employers may not require a drug test until after an official job offer has been given. Council members say the goal of the bill is to protect citizens, who now legally smoke marijuana, from losing out on employment opportunities.
The measure does not stop employers from rescinding job offers if drug tests come back positive. It also steers clear of employers’ current workplace drug policies. The Act will expire on March 18, 2015, but a permanent version is expected to be introduced later this year.
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