Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Federal Employees Who Use State-Legal Marijuana
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Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Federal Employees Who Use State-Legal Marijuana

Under current law, federal employees can be fired for using marijuana even if it is legal in the employee’s state of residence.

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Members of Congress have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at protecting federal employees who use marijuana in accordance with state law.

The legislation, filed Tuesday by Reps. Charlie Crist, a Democrat from Florida, and Don Young, a Republican from Arkansas, seeks to protect federal job applicants and employees from being fired or not hired for using marijuana in line with the laws of the state in which they reside. Federal employees and applicants can currently be fired or denied employment over marijuana use, regardless of state laws.

The bill, dubbed the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act, is cosponsored by eight other House members--seven Democrats and one Republican.

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