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Smoking Pot and Looking for a Job in Nevada

Smoking Pot and Looking for a Job in Nevada

Drug screening has been a pivotal part of hiring qualified candidates since the mid-eighties. Drug tests are common practice across several areas of the job market, including the service industry, construction, office positions and transportation to name a few. If the test said someone had used marijuana, then they were usually passed over for the position. As of January 1, 2020, Nevada has put an end to this practice. If someone is looking for a job in Nevada, they don’t have to quit smoking pot anymore.

If You are Smoking Pot and Looking for a Job in Nevada, You Have Nothing to Worry About

Drug screening has been a pivotal part of hiring qualified candidates since the mid-eighties. Drug tests are common practice across several areas of the job market, including the service industry, construction, office positions and transportation to name a few. If the test said someone had used marijuana, then they were usually passed over for the position. As of January 1, 2020, Nevada has put an end to this practice. If someone is looking for a job in Nevada, they don’t have to quit smoking pot anymore.

The Nevada legislature passed Assembly Bill 132 in June of 2019. It laid out clear rules “prohibiting the denial of employment because of the presence of marijuana in a screening test taken by a prospective employee with certain exceptions.” The exception, in this instance, means that firefighters, EMTs, anyone driving a vehicle, and positions regulated by federal drug screening still must pass a marijuana drug screening. The amendment took effect at the beginning of this year. It does not retroactively apply to any applications submitted before January 1, 2020.

Something to Remember When Smoking Pot and Looking for a Job

This law does protect a candidate from being denied employment if they smoke marijuana. However, once hired they are no longer protected by AB132 and an employer can ask you to submit for additional screening within the first thirty days of employment. Additionally, if an employer suspects that a person is using marijuana during work hours, or may be “high” while working, they can ask that person to submit for additional drug screening. This does not necessarily mean termination. Each company has their own policy in reference to this matter. Human Resources would be able to provide more information. However, despite the change in the law regarding drug screening and the use of marijuana, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. This includes driving to and from work with marijuana in your system.

Jesse Kalter Can Help if You’ve Been charged with a marijuana DUI

Recreational marijuana and the laws surrounding it are still fairly new. Not everyone is aware of the changes in the law as it evolves. However, the law is clear that you can be charged with a marijuana DUI if you drive with it in your system. Jesse Kalter has the experience and the knowledge to defend you if you’ve been charged with a marijuana DUI. His relentless pursuit of justice has earned countles non-guilty verdicts and had other cases completely thrown out. He is available to serve the people of Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern NV rural counties.

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