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Philadelphia Pre-Employment Marijuana Screenings End Jan. 1, With Exceptions

December 16th, 2021
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Pre-employment marijuana screenings for employers in the City of Philadelphia are slated to end in the new year, per city code, with some notable exceptions.

Pre-employment marijuana screenings for employers in Philadelphia are slated to end in the new year, per city code, with some notable exceptions. The exceptions to Chapter 9-4700 in the Philadelphia Code provide a wide berth for many employers to continue these screenings. Here are the exceptions to the change:

Here are the exceptions to the change:

  • Police officers or other law enforcement positions.
  • A position requiring a driver’s license.
  • Any position requiring the supervision of children, medical patients, the disabled, or other vulnerable individuals.
  • Any position in which an employee could significantly impact the health and safety of other employees or members of the public.
  • It does not impact any positions involving federal or state regulations requiring drug testing for safety and security purposes.
  • Any employer who receives federal grant money or federal financial assistance that requires drug testing as a condition of receiving the funds.
  • Any employers who are part of a collective bargaining agreement that specifies pre-employment drug testing.

With those requirements, there may be many prospective workers who are facing marijuana screenings as a condition of employment, regardless of this change. Rules around marijuana use are changing as an upsurge of public support for legalization continues. 

The Philadelphia employment lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. help workers navigate evolving marijuana laws. Call 215-569-1999 or complete an online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, the firm serves clients throughout South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.

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