New York City Looks to Bar Marijuana Testing for Job Applicants

New York City employers wouldn’t be allowed to require job candidates to submit to drug testing for marijuana as a condition of hiring, under a bill approved by the City Council.

The bill (Intro. No. 1445-A), passed April 9 on a 41-4 vote, was part of a city drive to reduce the legal consequences of marijuana use. City police and prosecutors have vastly cut down on arrests and prosecutions for low-level marijuana crimes, and the council passed a resolution in March urging the state to legalize recreational marijuana.

“We need to be creating more access points for employment, not less,” said Public Advocate Jamaane Williams (D), who sponsored the bill in his capacity as a citywide elected official who presides over the council. “And as we move toward legalization, it makes absolutely no sense that we’re keeping people from finding jobs or advancing their careers because of marijuana use.”

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