Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 132 which will make it illegal for employers to refuse hiring candidates who tested positive for cannabis.
Nevada will become the first state where cannabis consumers can stop worrying about their employment future depending on a weed test.
Gov. Sisolak signed a bill that will make it illegal for future employers to refuse to hire a candidate for testing positive for weed.
The bill states:
It is unlawful for any employer in this State to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana.
The law will be in effect as of January 1st, 2020.
Industry set to flourish
The cannabis industry in Nevada is set to flourish, as the state government has been working hard on establishing the local market and improving upon the faults it’s left in the making.
One of the biggest cannabis provisions the state government made was the allowance of cannabis consumption lounges, which was passed just weeks ago.
The passing of AB 132 will even more firmly establish the cannabis market in Nevada, and it will also protect the consumers from unlawful tests and discrimination.
“As our legal cannabis industry continues to flourish, it’s important to ensure that the door of economic opportunity remains open for all Nevadans. That’s why I was proud to sign AB 132 into law, which contains common-sense exceptions for public safety and transportation professionals,” Sisolak said in a statement.
Nevada Assembly woman Nina Neal, who was at first against putting the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot, said she found it worrying that people could test positive even weeks after they’ve consumed cannabis.
“I felt like we needed to have a policy to deal with it because we had a significant amount of people using on the weekends,” Neal said to ABC News.
Nevada will be the first and only state with such a law, as neither of the other 10 states with legal recreational marijuana has successfully passed it.
Maine is the only other state where employers aren’t allowed to discriminate against people who have used cannabis. But at the end of the day, there is no police regulating the drug tests and employment processes.
The New York City Council did pass a city law last month that will prohibit employers from testing potential employees for cannabis, even though recreational marijuana isn’t legal there, yet.