Philadelphia: Metropolis Council votes to ban drug screening previous to hiring on hashish

Members of the Philadelphia City Council have voted overwhelmingly in favor of local legislation banning certain employers from requiring potential employees to pass a drug test before hiring.

Council members voted 15-1 in favor of the measure, Bill No. 200625, which “prohibits employers from requiring potential workers to conduct tests for the presence of marijuana as a condition of employment under certain conditions”. Employees in certain security-related positions, such as B. Police officers and / or those supervising children or medical patients are exempt from the policy, as are employees who are required to perform drug testing under federal drug testing guidelines. The city’s Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to sign the bill. It would come into force on January 1, 2022.

The deputy director of NORML testified in favor of the bill at a hearing in April before the council. “There is no evidence to support the claim that those who consume cannabis in the privacy of their own home outside of the workplace pose a unique security threat or a unique risk to the safety of the workforce,” he said.

He added, “Suspicious marijuana testing in the workplace, such as drug screening before hiring, is not an evidence-based policy now or ever. Rather, these discriminatory practices are 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. “

The municipal measure is similar to other laws recently enacted in the cities of Atlanta, New York, and Washington, DC, and restricts employers’ ability to test certain employees for drug tests for marijuana exposure outside of the workplace.

A study of 136,000 people in various occupations, published in November in the journal Occupational Medicine, found that there was “no relationship between past year cannabis use and work-related injuries” for employees in an occupation, including those who worked in occupations with a 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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