Starting in 2020, Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state to pass such a law.
“It is unlawful for any employer in this State to fail or refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee submitted to a screening test and the results of the screening test indicate the presence of marijuana,” states the law, signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak on June 5.
There are some exceptions. The law does not apply to firefighters, EMTs, employees who operate a motor vehicle, or those who, in the determination of the employer, could adversely affect others’ safety.
If an employer requires a new hire to take a screening test, then the new employee has the right to submit to an additional screening test to rebut the results, the law states. The employer must accept that follow-up test, the law says.
The law takes effect at the start of 2020.
Nevada is the first state to approve such a law regarding drug screening tests. In 2016, voters in the state approved the legal sale of recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older, and recreational marijuana sales began a year later.
The New York City Council passed a similar bill in April that banned employers from requiring a prospective employee to pass a marijuana screening test as a condition of employment. In Maine, which legalized recreational marijuana, employers are not allowed to discriminate based on marijuana usage, but there are no laws about drug testing.
SPANISH FORK, Utah — A Colorado man was arrested in Spanish Fork Saturday after he was found with a large amount of marijuana and a stolen gun, according to police.
According to a probable cause statement, Christopher Page, 25, told a deputy he was in Spanish Fork to buy car parts.
The deputy told Bradley he smelled marijuana inside Page’s car, and Page gave the deputy permission to search the vehicle.
“I told him of my concern about the marijuana smell and he told me that I could check his car to make sure that the only thing he had in the car was a marijuana pipe but no marijuana,” the deputy wrote.
According to the statement, the deputy found approximately 100 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags.
The deputy also found a handgun “that was loaded and ready to fire. The gun returned as stolen out of Oklahoma,” the probable cause statement said.
Page allegedly told the deputy he didn’t know the gun was stolen and he didn’t know what he was transporting in the vehicle.
He faces felony charges of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and theft by receiving stolen property. Page also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
His bail amount was set at $25,000.