Job applicants seeking employment with the city of Cincinnati may soon no longer have to face a drug test for marijuana.
That is the underlying motivation behind a pair of proposals being considered by the Cincinnati city council, which this week heard arguments over how the city government treats cannabis use among prospective employees.
One proposal would prohibit the city from using misdemeanor marijuana convictions as a disqualifying factor for jobs. Another would seek to end the practice of testing job applicants for marijuana.
Together, the twin proposals would shift the way the city treats marijuana, essentially making its use comparable to drinking alcohol.
Existing Laws Prevent Employment
According to local TV station WKRC, one of the proposals stems from testimony that the council heard from a 35-year-old resident named Leon Washington, who said he was denied a job after a background check revealed a marijuana ticket he had received when he was just 19 years old.
“The job I applied for may have been, like, 10 years after the fact of this charge, but that charge still held me back from receiving a job,” Washington said, as quoted by WKRC.
Washington lamented the missed opportunity, saying that the starting