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California Lawmakers Introduce Bill That Would Ban Most Pre-Employment Drug Tests For Marijuana


A new bill introduced in the state legislature seeks to prohibit California workplaces from using evidence of past marijuana use — such as that gathered during a urine or hair test — as a reason to deny someone a job.

The effort comes five years after Californians voted to legalize recreational weed.

But for many seeking jobs in state government, cannabis use can be an obstacle to getting hired. Job applicants in the private sector who use marijuana in their personal can also lead to being disqualified. 

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