D.C. Council Member Wants Marijuana Testing Banned From The Hiring Process

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Mayoral candidate and Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) wants to amend a measure currently under consideration by the D.C. Council to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana to prohibit testing for marijuana by potential employers.

Orange has proposed an amendment to the “Simple Possession of Small Quantities Of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2013,” a bill introduced on July 10, 2013. The measure would make possession of less than an ounce of marijuana subject to a fine instead of criminal consequences. If Orange’s amendment becomes part of the bill, employers would be disallowed from ordering applicants for jobs to take a test to determine if they have used marijuana. Employers would still be able to require testing for employees upon hire, however.

“This amendment does not interfere with workplace rules set forth by the employer,” Orange said in a statement.


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