Proposed bill would allow some feds to use marijuana

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.”

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Thu, Aug 9, 2018 Bro Dave

I think we're gunna need weed or heavier drugs to survive this administration. And probably the next one as well. Can't wait until the next admin kicks in. Who will it be Ted Nugent and Kid Rock in 2024?

Fri, Aug 3, 2018 Cindy S. Boise

A proposed federal bill ought to legalize marijuana in every state in the union. If booze is legal, pot needs to be legal. I trust any driver on pot more than I do a driver on illegal or many prescription drugs. Most pot smokers have no interest in going anywhere anyway. They are never violent in the way that booze makes people violent. I would rather my daughter smoke pot than have a quart of Jack Daniels or even a 12 pack of IPA beer. Fighting marijuana is a complete waste of the federal govt's time. Tax the hell out of it, and keep good quality control. And then let's crack down on heroin, coke, meth and the real drugs that mess up people's lives. And also spend more time fighting the opioid epidemic and coming up with alternative pain medications that are non-addictive and do not have horrible side effects.

Fri, Aug 3, 2018

As a federal worker and a disabled veteran (90%) who would like to use less than the current 14 prescriptions from the VA I have hopes just not from my republican congressman in our gerrymandered Michigan district. In his words it could lead to increased illicit drug use by the nations youth. Think weed would be somewhat better than huffing gasoline.

Tue, Jul 31, 2018 George Saufley

Who's going to stop me from putting a pinch of weed in my smoothie?

Tue, Jul 31, 2018

Often people will provide a comment that validates the opposition's case, don't they?

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