REGIONAL NEWS: Most employers in Nevada can no longer utilize pre-employment drug tests for marijuana

By Max Darrow | KSNV)

 Nevada is now the first state that bans most employers from utilizing pre-employment drug tests for marijuana as a hiring practice.

“That really opens up their job pool and allows for that much more normalization in this state, and you’re going to see many other states, too, following through with very similar legislation,” cannabis consultant Jason Sturtsman said.

Governor Sisolak signed AB 132 into law over the summer, and it went into affect on Jan. 1, 2020.

“Anybody over the age of 21 can possess or purchase cannabis. They should not be failing a drug test for Cannabis as a condition of employment,” Sturtsman said. “If somebody wants to enjoy Cannabis at home, in the comfort of their home, it is completely legal in the State of Nevada. They should not be excluded from a job.”

However, attorney Jeffrey Gronich, who deals with employment law on a routine basis, explained this doesn’t mean employers can’t have a drug policy that includes marijuana use.

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