Employers in California will soon be banned from screening workers for marijuana under the California weed laws.
Assembly Bill 2188, signed by Gov. Gavin Newson, prevents employees from setting conditions of employment based on cannabis use while they are away from work. It also prevents them from hiring or firing based on that.
However, there are exemptions. Staff working in construction or positions requiring a federal background investigation or clearance can be tested.
The law still prohibits employees from using marijuana while at work, working while impaired, and possessing marijuana while at work.
Newsom also signed other marijuana-related bills into law. Senate Bill 1186 prevents local governments from banning deliveries of medical marijuana, while Assembly Bill 1706 will allow people to get old marijuana conviction records sealed or cleared.
The laws are expected to go into effect in 2024. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.