Proposed bill would allow some feds to use marijuana
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jul 27, 2018
Some federal employees would legally be allowed to use marijuana without the risk of losing their jobs under a proposed bill, cannabis news site Marijuana Moment reports.
Reps. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) and Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) on July 26 introduced the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (H.R. 6589), which would bar the government from denying employment or making federal employees “subject to any other adverse personnel action” if they had a positive drug test and lived in a state where marijuana is legal, according to the site.
The legislation builds on a narrower failed amendment filed earlier this year by Crist that sought to protect military veterans who work for the Department of Veterans Affairs from being fired for state-legal marijuana use, the site notes, adding that the new bill covers civilian federal employees, across departments and agencies and excludes those seeking or who currently have a “top secret clearance or access to a highly sensitive program.”