Marijuana usage for feds bill introduced again

A bill that would permit some federal employees to use marijuana without losing their jobs has been introduced again, but this time with an emphasis on veterans’ health.

Currently, use of marijuana by federal employees is prohibited by law and any use is cause for termination.

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) introduced the Fairness in” Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act" (H.R.1687) on March 14. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-Ark.), would protect veterans' cannabis treatment options and their ability to be employed by the federal government.

“This bill would protect federal workers, including veterans, from discrimination should they be participating in activities compliant with state-level cannabis laws on their personal time,” Young said, adding, “The last thing we need is to drive talented workers away from these employment opportunities. As a Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus I remain committed to promoting this bill as well as other legislation to protect individuals and reform our federal cannabis laws.”

The bill only extends to an individual’s past, private use of cannabis, and does not prohibit probable cause testing if an individual is believed to be impaired at work, and does not apply to individuals occupying or seeking a position requiring a top-secret clearance.

Read the press release and more information on the details here.  

Reader comments

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

In other words, nothing new. This happens now. No, it is not legal for federal employees to use marijuana but if a federal employee is not in a job that authorizes drug testing, he/she cannot be tested unless they appear impaired or are in an accident at work.

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