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D.C.: Council Bans Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The D.C. Council on Tuesday passed temporary legislation prohibiting employers from testing potential employees for marijuana before a job offer has been made.

The "Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Emergency Act of 2014," introduced by Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) in March, states that employers cannot test potential employees for marijuana use until after an offer for employment has been made, reports Matt Cohen at DCist.

That's where the good news ends, though; after employees have been hired, they "must still adhere to the workplace policies set forth by their employer."

“The citizens of the District voted for Initiative 71, to legalize marijuana, and this bill will protect citizens who legally smoke marijuana but are then subsequently penalized for it through loss of employment opportunities,” Orange said. “The bill aims to prevent the loss of a job opportunity for job seekers who have used marijuana prior to receiving a job offer but it does not remove an employer’s right to prohibit the use of drugs at work or at any time during employment.”

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D.C.: Marijuana Legalization Campaign Gets New Slogans

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

With less than 60 days until the general election, the D.C. Cannabis Campaign has announced two new slogans that will be used in their effort to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital.

District voters will soon see "Vote to Refocus Police Priorities" and "Legalization Ends Discrimination" in the push to convince them to vote yes on Initiative 71, reports Aaron C. Davis at The Washington Post.

The new slogans weren't tested with focus groups or polled for impact, accordindg to D.C. Cannabis Campaign chairman Adam Eidinger, but he said he's confident they will resonate with voters.

The police slogan hints at an idea that was popular with 57,000 voters whgo signed petitions to put the legalization measure on the November 4 ballot, according to Eidinger: "The one thing that really turns people is the idea that police can be doing more important things," he said. "'Refocus police priorities' is a nice way of saying 'Get the police off our back.'"

The second slogan, "Legalization Ends Discrimination," refers to the studies showing enormous racial disparities in marijuana enforcement; those studies helped convince the D.C. Council this year to decriminalize cannabis, reducing the penalty for possession of small amounts to $25.

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