According to a new policy rolled from the New York City Council, most companies will no longer have the ability to create job applicants take drug tests for marijuana usage.
A spokesperson for the mayor’s office states that de Blasio is in complete support of the job bill, which would take effect one year after it’s signed into law.
This new bill will be applied to both public and private companies in NYC, even firms with headquarters which are somewhere else.
Furthermore, the city also passed a bill that will stop the city from requiring marijuana testing for individuals on probation. Both bills are awaiting a formal signature from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“I am proud that the town has taken action where the federal and the state government have stalled […] If we would like to be a progressive city, we need to actually put these things into action,” said Jumaane D. Williams, the city’s public advocate and the bill’s sponsor, adding it is not yet clear precisely how many companies in town will be affected.
In Maine, where recreation use is accepted, laws prohibit employers from discriminating against applicants using marijuana, but doesn’t govern their ability drug test or not.