New Orleans City Council Urges End To Marijuana Testing For Government Employees

New Orleans City Council Urges End To Marijuana Testing For Government Employees
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New Orleans is the latest city to take a step toward ending drug testing for marijuana as a condition of employment, with the City Council approving a resolution on Thursday recommending a policy change. The resolution, sponsored by Council President Helena Moreno (D), requests that the Civil Service Commission to “evaluate and amend its rules and regulations to eliminate cannabis testing as a pre-employment screening requirement and as a basis for termination in the absence of clear evidence of impairment or intoxication.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Councilmember Helena Moreno (@helenamorenola) The legislation explains that jurisdictions across the country are taking similar actions—like the St. Louis County Council voting to end pre-employment and random THC drug testing for most workers on Tuesday. The New Orleans City Council in 2021 voted to decriminalize simple cannabis possession. The legislature follow suit, with the policy taking effect statewide last year. “This instrument is a natural follow-up to my ordinance decriminalizing simple possession marijuana, by way of issuing automatic pardons for possession of small amounts, from August 2021,” Moreno said in a social media post about the approval of the new cannabis testing resolution. “Marijuana testing policies can impact an unknown number of people from even applying for City work at a time when so many vacant positions exist, harming city services,” she said. “They may also unjustly penalize people who legally use medical marijuana at a time when it’s being expanded across Louisiana. Let’s keep moving forward, New Orleans!” — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill…

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