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Employment test for marijuana use questioned


Last updated 1/20/2022 at 11:47am

Washington marijuana users won’t face losing their job over a positive drug test if a proposal under consideration in the state Legislature wins approval.

SB 5517 would update the Washington law that currently allows employers to turn-away job applicants and fire employees for testing positive for marijuana use in drug screenings.

Prime sponsor of the bill, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, said current employment laws must be reformed to accommodate recreational legalization of the drug.

“The war on drugs has had a really negative impact on so many communities,” she said. “Part of t...

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