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D.C. Council Advances Bill to Limit Employers Doing Marijuana Screening

A D.C. Council committee on Wednesday unanimously advanced legislation to ban employers in the nation’s capital from testing prospective employees for marijuana until after a job offer is made.

But the law won’t free employees to light up without consequences. Employers will retain the right to screen for drugs after making a job offer — and to enforce their own drug policies with employees. The law’s primary function, supporters said, is to give prospective workers the time to prepare for a job in a workplace that prohibits marijuana use.

“It’s time for employers and employees to get used to the idea of marijuana being legal,” said Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large), referring to a voter-approved ballot measure that took effect last Thursday. The measure legalized the possession, smoking and cultivation of the drug, albeit with heavy restrictions on public use.  [Read more at The Washington Post]

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