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A failed marijuana test won’t keep you from a job in Nevada starting in 2020

Starting in 2020, a failed marijuana test won’t send your employment hopes up in smoke - at least in Nevada, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, includes exemptions for firefighters, doctors and professional drivers, according to the publication.

“As our legal cannabis industry continues to flourish, it’s important to ensure that the door of economic opportunity remains open for all Nevadans,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat who signed the law June 5, CNN reported.

In 2016, Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana sales to adults, according to the state’s legislative counsel.

Nevada’s employee pot testing law, dubbed AB132, is the first such state law in the U.S., CNN reported.

The New York City Council passed a similar ordinance banning employers from requiring potential hires to pass marijuana screening tests in April.

In Maine, state law blocks employers from discriminating against workers based on pot use but doesn’t cover drug testing.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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