New York — A new law in New York City bans employers, labor organizations and employment agencies from testing job applicants for cannabis and tetrahydrocannabinols, or THC – the active ingredient in weed.
Enacted May 10 by city legislators, Prohibition of drug testing for pre-employment hiring procedures states that pre-employment testing will be considered an “unlawful discriminatory practice” as a condition for employment.
The law makes exceptions for certain job positions, including:
- Police officers or peace officers
- Emergency responders
- Safety-related positions
- Jobs requiring security clearance
- People who supervise or care for children, medical patients or vulnerable persons
- Workers who operate vehicles requiring a commercial driver’s license
- Jobs tied to a federal or state contract/grant
The law is scheduled to take effect May 10, 2020. It was passed April 9 by a 40-4 vote of city council members and sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for his signature. It automatically became law after 30 days without action by the mayor.
Here’s a tweet from the NYC Mayor’s office regarding the new law:
Marijuana laws have been used to keep people of color in prisons and out of the job market. New York City can become the Fairest Big City in America, but first we need to right the wrongs of the past War on Drugs.https://t.co/ADKzzr7LTH
— NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) April 13, 2019