New Jersey’s end to cannabis prohibition came with 67.1% of support from voters in the November 2020 election, but now state lawmakers are attempting to scale back that reform.
Earlier this month, Assemblyman Edward Thomson and Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer—both Republicans—introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 3870, that aims to allow employers the ability to prohibit cannabis use by certain employees, even while they’re not working.
Under the proposed legislation, an employer shall prohibit the personal use of cannabis for the following employees:Any person who operates heavy machinery; Any person who operates weapons; Any person whose use would put the public at serious risk; andLaw enforcement officers.
“This bill amends the Cannabis Regulatory Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization (CREAMM) Act to prohibit certain categories of employees from the personal use of recreational cannabis,” according to a bill statement from the sponsors. “Specifically, this bill permits an employer to prohibit any use of cannabis if the person operates heavy machinery or weapons, or whose use of cannabis would put the public at risk. Further, this bill permits employers of law enforcement officers to prohibit use of cannabis.”
All employees prohibited from cannabis use under the legislation would be subject to employer policies as it relates to drug testing.
That legislation is just one of three bills introduced this month that attempts to restrict off-the-job cannabis use by certain workers.
Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro—both Democrats—are sponsoring A.B. 3914, which would permit law enforcement agencies to prohibit