Nevada first state to ban pre-employment marijuana tests

Marco Green
June 13, 2019

Starting in 2020, Nevada employers can not refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state to pass such a law.

A bill signed by Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak last week prohibits, with some exceptions, employers from refusing to hire a prospective employee because the job-seeker tested positive for marijuana on a pre-employment drug screening.

There are some exceptions to the law.

The law also states that if an employer requires an applicant to submit to a screening test within the first 30 days of employment, the person has the right to submit to an additional screening test to rebut the results, at their own expense.

"As our legal cannabis industry continues to flourish, it's important to expand opportunities for all Nevadans", Sisolak wrote on Twitter after he signed the law.

Nevada is the first state to approve such a law regarding drug screening tests.

ME passed a similar protection when it legalized marijuana in 2016 - barring employers from discriminating against employees who use marijuana, but its law did not specifically mention drug testing.

Jobs that require federal funding are also exempt, as marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.

Possession and comsumption of recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada on January 1, 2017.

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