News & Opinion | June 13, 2019 10:23 am

Nevada Bans Employers From Drug Testing Potential Workers for Marijuana

The home state of Sin City is living up to its name

Marijuana in Nevada
Weed has been deemed "essential" in California during quarantine. (Suzanne Kreiter/ The Boston Globe via Getty)

The home state of Sin City is living up to its name.

Nevada is the first state in the country to ban nearly all pre-employment marijuana screenings, with exceptions of the first-responder industry and for those who have to operate vehicles.

The law will go into effect in 2020 — three years after the state first legalized the drug, Newsweek reported.

Nevada’s democratic Governor Steve Sisolak said in a statement that the law will benefit the state’s employees while maintaining “common-sense exceptions” for those who hold certain jobs, like firefighters, emergency medical technicians or other positions that could “adversely affect the safety of others.”

“As our legal cannabis industry continues to flourish,” Sisolak said, “it’s important to ensure that the door of economic opportunity remains open for all Nevadans. That’s why I was proud to sign AB132 into law, which contains common-sense exceptions for public safety and transportation professionals.”

While Nevada is the first state to pass a law that would disallow employers from denying a job to someone who tests positive for marijuana, New York City passed a similar law in May that also excludes those in “safety and security sensitive jobs,” like police officers and federal workers.

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