Lawmakers In Virginia Capital Vote To End Marijuana Testing Of City Workers

Lawmakers In Virginia Capital Vote To End Marijuana Testing Of City Workers

The Richmond, Virginia City Council has approved a resolution that requests the city stop testing certain workers for marijuana as a condition of their employment. Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch (D) introduced the measure, which she said would help align the body with the state legislature, which passed a bill to decriminalize possession of cannabis this session. “As a forward-looking and progressive city, we need to adapt and change with the times, as policy has,” Lynch told Virginia Public Media. “In an environment where we are in such shortage of good employees, in my mind, it doesn’t make sense to be terminating folks just for failing a marijuana test.” The resolution advanced out of the Council’s Education and Human Services Standing Committee last week and the full panel approved it as part of the consent agenda without debate on Monday. Text of the measure states that the “Council hereby requests that the Mayor amend the Administrative Regulations of the City, to the extent permitted by law, to exclude from substance detection testing the testing of City employees and applicants for employment with the City, except for public safety personnel and applicants for public safety positions, for marijuana use.” While the resolution doesn’t specify what safety-sensitive positions will still be subject to drug testing, local media reports that police and firefighters would be exempt from the policy change. Mayor Levar Stoney (D) supports the goals of the measure, a spokesman said. The resolution also emphasizes that the proposal is in response to lawmakers…

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