Bill to limit marijuana screening by DC employers advancing in council

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A D.C. Council committee is poised to pass legislation Wednesday that would ban employers in the nation’s capital from testing prospective employees for marijuana until after a job offer is made.

Council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At large), who sponsored the bill, said it is his hope that before such pre-employment drug testing is administered, employers in the city will give new employees a grace period to “clean up,” if they will expect them to be drug-free.

“It’s time for employers and employees to get used to the idea of marijuana being legal,” said Orange, referring to a voter-approved ballot measure that took effect last Thursday that legalized the possession, smoking and cultivation of the drug, albeit with heavy restrictions on public use.

Orange got a temporary bill passed on the topic in December, but that measure will expire soon. He said a permanent...

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