Brendan J. Lyons
July 13, 2022
ALBANY — The New York Police Department announced Wednesday it would no longer randomly test police officers or job applicants for marijuana, but then subsequently sought to walk back that directive.
An internal memo shared with the Times Union, which was authored by the department’s deputy commissioner for legal affairs, said the policy will align with state Labor Law that prohibits adverse employment actions based on recreational marijuana use. The department will still be allowed to test someone for marijuana “if there is reasonable suspicion that the member is impaired by marijuana on the job.”