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Not to turn employers in Nevada will soon be able to below, job applicants who test positive on traces of marijuana during a drug screening.
The legislature approved a bill last week to prohibit Nevada the first state employers discriminating against potential employees for marijuana use in a state, where recreational pot is legal.
“I know it does not condone the use of marijuana,” democratic Assemblymember Dina Neal, who sponsored the bill, told The Associated Press. “But I don’t want to injustice and discrimination. We said can sell marijuana dispensaries to people, but the people could not work. We had to do something.”
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Supporters of the bill argued that even the slightest trace of the drug could show up in blood or urine tests, which can take weeks or even months after taking it during the off-hours of work, something Neal as “a moral and social dilemma.”
Bill No. 132 also includes a measure that would allow all who do not test positive to the challenge, the results, and then take a second test 30 days after the initial examination. This would be to the detriment of the applicant.
The new measure, which was signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak at the 6. June, contains an exception for those employers are looking for candidates for security posts.
This includes the fire Department, EMT, or any work that would require, to operate the employee a motor vehicle.
Supporters of the bill fear, however, that this gap can be exploited.
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“I hope that it is not misused and you are not going to say that a Secretary is a security position,” said Neal.
The new law is laid down with effect from Jan. 1. Nevada first legalized recreational pot for those over 21 in the year 2016.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.