Nevada bans rejecting job applicants over marijuana use

Posted by on June 14, 2019 9:33 am
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Two years after legalizing recreational marijuana, Nevada is telling job seekers: Light ’em up!

Starting next year, employers won’t be allowed to reject potential job seekers because they failed a test for marijuana use. According to a new law signed this month, an employer can’t “fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana.”

In addition, workers who fail a drug test during their first month at the job will be able to challenge the finding by paying for a second test. The law leaves out public safety jobs, such as firefighters, medical technicians and jobs that require drug testing under federal rules.

“As our legal cannabis industry continues to flourish, it’s important to ensure that the door of economic opportunity remains open for all Nevadans,” Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said upon signing the law, according to USA Today. [Read more at CBS News]