Imagine going for an interview for your dream job. You pass all the preliminary rounds with flying colours, it looks certain you will be offered the position.
Everything is going great, until you are asked to pee in a cup to test for alcohol.
Alcohol is legal, but employers are still refusing to employ candidates who legally enjoy a drink after a stressful day.
This sounds insane, right?
Now, replace ‘alcohol,’ with cannabis.
This is the current situation in many US States which have legalised recreational cannabis.
In these States, failing a drug test for cannabis can prevent you from landing your dream job, or even get you fired from the job you hate, but desperately need.
Nevada has taken an unprecedented step towards protecting the human rights of its citizens by becoming the first State to ban employers from using pre-employment cannabis tests.
Bill AB 132, signed by Governor Steve Sisolak, has made it illegal for any Nevada employer to refuse to hire someone if they test positive for cannabis, which has been legal in the State on January 1, 2017.
However, there are some unfortunate exceptions.
Prospective firefighters and EMTs (paramedics and ambulance drivers), those applying for jobs which require you to operate a motor vehicle, and federal government employees are still banned from legally enjoying cannabis, although they can still legally consume alcohol which has been proven by countless studies to cause far more harm than cannabis in the workplace.
A recent study found that States which legalised access to medical cannabis saw a 34% decrease in workplace deaths for adults aged 25-44. The researchers believe this is due to workers ditching alcohol and pharmaceutical medication in favour of cannabis.
Banning employees from consuming cannabis, but not alcohol is anti-science. It is anti-reason.
AB 132 also allows employees who are required to submit a screening test within the first 30 days of being hired the chance to take a second test, at the expense of the employee.
The law comes into effect in January 2020.
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