New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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NY City Lens City Council Committee Votes Unanimously to End Drug Testing of Prospective Employees by Emma Vickers

City Council Committee Votes Unanimously to End Drug Testing of Prospective Employees

In his opening statement, Committee Chair Mathieu Eugene explained the importance of the law in the context of growing calls for legalization in New York and beyond. “Unlike alcohol or other recreational drugs, the active ingredients in marijuana can linger in the system for weeks,” he said. “This potentially leaves New Yorkers vulnerable to failing a work related marijuana drug test even if they were legally consuming marijuana.”

Medical marijuana, as opposed to recreational use marijuana, is already legal in New York state, and over 96,000 patients are registered to access the drug, according to the state’s Department of Health.