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NJ resident loses job over Walmart drug testing
Erick Zanetich, 31, of Monroeville, was offered a job as an asset protection association at the Sam’s Club eCommerce Fulfillment Center in Swedesboro in January, with a start date of Feb. 7.
The job was subject to passing a drug test. He tested positive for marijuana, and the job offer was rescinded as a result.
NJ law on marijuana in workplace
Can my current employer still test me for marijuana use?
Yes. The ordinance applies only to pre-employment drug screenings. The law does not require employers to change their existing workplace drug policies, so your current employer can still test you for cannabis use.
“What this says is they can’t ask you to perform a drug test, which is a huge look at your health and at your bodily fluids, just to apply for a job,” said Chris Goldstein, regional organizer for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Can employers still test me for other drugs?
Back during the Reagan Administration in the 1980s, a federal statue was passed that required employers to conduct pre-employment tests for marijuana.
But today, marijuana isn’t broadly viewed as the gateway drug it once was, with some states legalizing it entirely and most others legalizing it for medical use. Recreational use varies by state, as does the effort to decriminalize it.
Marijuana isn’t merely growing more acceptable in the eyes of the American public; it’s entered the luxury market, with the department store Barney’s advertising a “cannabis lifestyle” in their recently-opened luxury shop The High End. With marijuana recreationally legalized in eleven states and D.C., the way the drug is used has changed.
Many job-seekers would no longer face tests for marijuana use under legislation that New York City is likely to enact, taking a novel step as lawmakers and employers around the U.S. grapple with workplace policies about pot.
The Democrat-led City Council passed a measure Tuesday that would ban pre-employment testing for the drug, with certain exceptions.