Nevada Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Cannabis Use

Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada signed a bill on Friday that prohibits employers from denying jobs to applicants because of their legal marijuana use. Under the measure, Assembly Bill 132 (AB 132), employers would be banned from discriminating against prospective employees based on a positive result for marijuana use in a pre-employment drug screening or an applicant’s admission of legal cannabis use.

The bill was introduced in the Nevada State Assembly in February and passed by the body on April 23 by a vote of 33 to 8. AB 132 was then taken up by the state Senate and passed by a margin of 12 to 8 on May 24.

Stigma Persists Despite Legalization

“There’s still a stigma around cannabis, even though it is legal for medical and recreational use,” Kiera Sears, a consultant with the Joey Gilbert Law Firm in Reno, told local media.

Nevada voters legalized the medicinal use of marijuana in 2000, followed by the passage of a ballot initiative legalizing recreational cannabis use by adults that was approved in 2016 and went into effect on January 1, 2017. Legal sales of recreational cannabis began in the state on July 1, 2017.

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