Philadelphia government can’t legalize marijuana but it does have the flexibility to make life easier for cannabis consumers by, for example, banning the THC drug test for certain jobs, or, at the very least, prohibiting employers from testing potential employees until a conditional job offer is made, similar to the ban-the-box movement which favors returning citizens.
“It keeps people out of the job market,” he said.
“Criminal justice is the single largest referral to drug treatment in Pennsylvania. 38 percent of those receiving treatment comes from the courts, and 25 percent of them are sent there for marijuana. In the middle of an opioid crisis, we can’t take up a quarter of treatment resources for marijuana,” Mr. Goldstein, who writes a column on cannabis culture and politics for Philly.com, asserted.
Eventually, employees who use cannabis are going to unionize and change workplace culture, Mr. Goldstein predicted.
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