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California weed laws: Employers will soon be banned from testing workers for marijuana


California employers will soon be banned from screening workers for marijuana under a new law.

Assembly Bill 2188, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, prevents employees from setting terms of employment based on cannabis use while off the job. It also prevents them from hiring or firing on that basis.

However, there are exceptions to the law. Employers can test personnel who work in construction or in positions that require a federal background investigation or clearance.

The law still prohibits employees from using marijuana on the job, working while impaired, and being in possession of marijuana while on the job.

Newsom signed other similar bills. Senate Bill 1186 prevents local governments from banning medical marijuana deliveries, while Assembly Bill 1706 will allow people to have old marijuana conviction records sealed or expunged.

The laws are expected to go into effect in 2024. Marijuana is still federally illegal.

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