A resolution by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan to no longer bar applicants in the hiring process for the City of Oakland due to past non-work related cannabis passed unanimously by the City council there this week.
Exceptions will be allowed for positions where such consideration is legally required. Kaplan said that African Americans were disproportionaltely affected by hiring bands due to past marijuana use. The resolution, according to Kaplan, would lessen employment disparities for person of color.
“It makes no sense to exclude people from employment for engaging in conduct that is widely accepted, permitted and regulated by the city of Oakland, and which Californians have made clear that we no longer consider a crime,” Kaplan said. “Eliminating this discriminatory practice will also allow us to ensure we are including all possible qualified applicants for our job vacancies, and align with our value.”