St. Louis County to End Pot Screenings for Most Employees

St. Louis County to End Pot Screenings for Most Employees
High Times

The St. Louis County Council voted last week to end cannabis drug screenings for most county employees, a move that comes as Missouri lawmakers consider legislation to legalize recreational pot statewide. Under the bill approved by the St. Louis council last week, the county would be banned from requiring drug screenings for cannabis as a condition of employment, except for workers in safety-sensitive positions. The legislation includes pre-employment drug tests as well as random screenings for current public employees. “No person currently employed by St. Louis County or applying for employment by St. Louis County shall be required to undergo pre-employment or random drug testing for the presence of marijuana metabolites (THC) as a condition or part of employment,” the text of the bill states. The measure includes exceptions for employees who operate heavy machinery or vehicles, law enforcement officers, and those in positions with federal drug testing requirements.  The measure sponsored by 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy was passed by the county council along party lines on March 8. Council members Kelli Dunaway, Shalonda Webb, and Rita Days joined fellow Democrat Clancy with votes in favor of the bill, while Republicans Ernie Trakas, Tim Fitch, and Mark Harder voted against the measure. A spokesman for County Executive Sam Page told reporters that he intends to sign the measure into law. “People who legally use marijuana for medical purposes shouldn’t be discriminated against AND this policy will remove a barrier to recruitment and hiring,” Clancy wrote on Twitter after the council passed the measure. “That’s why I sponsored and passed this bill.” St. Louis Cannabis Industry and Activists Support Bill The cannabis industry group MoCannTrade praised the measure passed by the St. Louis County Council to restrict cannabis screenings of public employees. “We applaud the STL County Council on the…

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