Philadelphia: Mayor indicators legislation banning drug screening earlier than hiring on hashish

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a local law banning certain employers across the city from requiring potential employees to pass a drug test before hiring.

The measure, Bill No. 200625, “prohibits employers from obliging potential employees, under certain conditions, to conduct tests for the presence of marijuana as a condition of employment.” B. Police officers and / or staff supervising children or medical patients are exempted from the policy, as are staff who are required to be drug tested under federal guidelines on drug testing.

Members of the Philadelphia City Council had previously voted 15 to 1 for the legislation. NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano testified to members of the Council: “There is no evidence to support the claim that those who use cannabis in the privacy of their own home outside of the workplace pose a unique threat or threat to the safety of the people Represent workforce. ”

Democratic Mayor Kenney signed the bill late last week. It comes into force on January 1, 2022.

Philadelphia’s measure, similar to other municipal laws recently enacted in the cities of Atlanta, New York, and Washington, DC, limits employers’ ability to test certain employees for marijuana exposure outside of the workplace.

Armentano said, “Suspicious marijuana testing in the workplace, like drug screening before hiring, is not an evidence-based policy now or ever. Rather, this discriminatory practice is a holdover from the “war on drugs” zeitgeist of the 1980s. But the times have changed; Attitudes have changed, and marijuana laws have changed in many places. It is time for workplace policies to adapt to this new reality and stop punishing employees for activities they do outside of business hours that do not pose a threat to workplace safety. “

A study of 136,000 people in a variety of occupations published in Occupational Medicine in November found that there was “no association between past year cannabis use and work-related injuries” for employees in an occupation, including those who worked in occupations with high risk of injury. The authors concluded: “To the best of our knowledge, this was the largest cross-sectional population study examining the relationship between cannabis use over the past year and work-related injuries. … We found that workers who reported cannabis use more than once in the past year were no more likely to report having sustained a work-related injury in a large cohort of the… working population over the same period.

For more information on guidelines for marijuana and drug testing in the workplace, please contact NORML here.

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