Nevada Becomes First State To Ban Pre-Employment Marijuana Drug Tests
In addition to recreational marijuana now being legalized in Las Vegas, the state of Nevada now becomes the first to ban most pre-employment drug tests.
Furthermore, beginning on January 1, 2020, employers can no longer refuse to hire an applicant for failing a drug screen.
Additionally, Dem. Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the new law (Assembly Bill 132) on June 5, which 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.”
Also, Sisolak shares, “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.”
While some are jumping for the joy, there are some exceptions, including firefighters, EMTs, employees operating motor vehicles, etc.
Should one of those applicants fail the initial test, they can submit to an additional screening; and should they pass, the employer must accept the secondary test, by law.