Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas wants to stop drug testing for Cannabis for those applying for most municipal jobs.
Lucas introduced an ordinance to the Kansas City Council on Thursday that would stop requiring those who want a job at City Hall from submitting to marijuana drug screenings.
The ordinance would not apply to every department, reports The Kansas City Star. Those exempted include police officers, as well as positions that require a commercial driver’s license. It also would not apply to jobs that involve the supervision of children, medical patients, and the disabled.
“Working to eliminate pre-employment marijuana testing from the City application process is one of several common-sense steps I’m proud my administration has taken to build an inclusive City workforce and ensure employment opportunities exist for more Kansas Citians.”
Mayor Lucas said this is “particularly for hourly workers who disproportionally come from Kansas City’s Black or brown communities.”
“Kansas City government should not freeze qualified individuals out from government jobs due to marijuana usage,” Lucas said. “Especially with medicinal marijuana legalized in Missouri and recreational marijuana legalized in surrounding states.”
The mayor’s request comes as attitudes about marijuana use are mellowing out in Missouri and across most of the United States. Medical marijuana is legal in the Show Me State.
A year ago, Lucas issued pardons for prior marijuana offenses.
Even some in local law enforcement agree, and want to relax on Cannabis. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker recently asked the K.C. Police Department to stop recommending low-level drug infractions to her office for prosecution.
Mayor Lucas’ ordinance was referred to the city’s Special Committee for Legal Review for hearings.