New York City considers banning drug testing potential employees for cannabis
New York City’s leaders have passed a bill that would ban employers from performing drug tests on potential employees. The bill would keep employers from being able to run drug tests on people they haven’t yet hired, though there are some industries that would be excluded from the rule, including jobs in construction, law enforcement, and medical fields.
So it’s not exactly the most comprehensive law on the books.Still, a law like this would provide some protection for cannabis users, before they sign an employment contract at least. Obviously, using cannabis on the job isn’t a great idea for most jobs, but at the same time, potential employees shouldn’t be overlooked just because they might use the drug in their own free time.
Meanwhile, legalization continues to roll forward slowly in the Big Apple — a proposal to legalize was dropped from the state’s budget last March, but Governor Andrew Cuomo and other legislators are still hopeful the issue could be confronted later this year. As with most processes around legalization, it’s a question of priorities. Though legalization is popular among voters in New York, it’s up to lawmakers to straighten out the rules in due time.