An order clarifying legal protections for certain District employees who consume marijuana while away from the job was officially signed into law Tuesday by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
According to NORML, the new rules apply to all District government agencies under the direct administrative authority of the Mayor.
Under the rules, many would-be employees will no longer face pre-employment drug screenings. It states that “Employees who are not in a safety-sensitive position will be tested for drugs only upon reasonable suspicion, or after an accident or incident. Thus, those employees not in safety-sensitive positions may find that they can use cannabis, with or without a medical card authorizing [it], so long as they are not impaired at work.”
Commenting on the policy change, NORML NE Political Associate Tyler McFadden said: “Employment protections are critical to ensure that law-abiding adults are not unduly discriminated against in their efforts to be productive members of society solely because of their use of cannabis while off the job. This order provides clarity and guidance to employers and peace of mind to the employees who work in the District of Columbia.”
For employees seeking safety-sensitive positions, the order states that those who test