Despite positive rates in the US for urine drug testing having increased to 4.5% and those for marijuana testing having increased 11% and 29% in urine testing from 2018-2019 and since 2015, respectively, the City Council of Philadelphia approved legislation last month to illegalize the requirement to submit to a test for the presence of marijuana during the job application process. The bill does not apply to law enforcement, commercial drivers, healthcare workers, and “any position in which the employee could significantly impact the health or safety of other employees or members of the public.” In addition, the bill does not apply to union workers if their collective bargaining agreements stipulate testing for marijuana.

The bill would take effect on January 1, 2022.