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DC wants to nix marijuana prescreening for job applicants. What are CA’s laws?

89.3 KPCC, AirTalk March 09, 10:52 AM


In the wake of a ballot measure that legalized the use of marijuana in our nation’s capital, a D.C. Council committee has advanced a bill to ban employers there from prescreening job applicants for the drug.  

But employers can still test for pot and other drugs after they offer the job to someone, according to the Washington Post reports. The D.C. bill still requires employers to test potential employees whose duties include the handling of heavy machinery and equipment, and the federal government’s policy of pre-screening all applicants still stands.

What are California’s drug pre-screening laws? What should employers and applicants in the state should be aware of? If you are an employer, do you screen for pot and other drugs?


Todd Wulffson, labor law lawyer and partner at the law firm, Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger in Irvine

Jonathan Kulick, Senior Project Director, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Jonathan Caulkins, Professor, Operations Research and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He was co-director of RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center in Santa Monica from 1994 to 1996.