D.C. Council Passes Bill to Prohibit Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing
The Washington D.C. Council has approved the Prohibition on Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Amendment Act of 2015 (Bill 21-25). The measure was passed on a unanimous voice vote.
According to an official summary of the bill, it would prohibit employers “from requiring a prospective employee to submit to a drug test for marijuana use as a part of the application procedure.” In addition, the legislation “requires the Mayor to: Establish a public information campaign on the impact of marijuana use and abuse; Report to the Council information regarding health education programs in public schools related to substance abuse; Evaluate the effectiveness of the District’s treatment programs regarding the use and abuse of marijuana.”
After an individual has been offered a job, and the individual has been hired, the employee must still “adhere to the workplace policies set forth by their employer”, meaning they can still be tested for on-the-job cannabis use. They simply can’t be tested before being accepted for the job.
The proposal will need to be voted on once more by the Council before going to Mayor Muriel Bowser for consideration.