A powerful congressional committee has released a report that urges federal agencies to reconsider policies that result in the firing of employees who use marijuana legally in accordance with state law.
The House Appropriations Committee approved the report and related spending legislation on Tuesday, which separately includes a provision to provide protections for banks that work with state-legal cannabis businesses and notably excludes a longstanding rider that has blocked Washington, D.C. from legalizing marijuana sales.
The employment language isn’t a part of the appropriations bill itself, but the directive included in the attached report expressing the views of the committee voices support for a recent Office of Personnel Management (OPM) memo to federal agencies that says admitting to past marijuana use should not automatically disqualify people from being employed in the federal government.
“The Committee supports the updated guidance on agencies’ consideration of how an individual’s marijuana use may or may not adversely affect the integrity or efficiency of the government and impact an individual’s suitability or fitness for a position,” the report attached to the annual Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) spending bill states.
It also calls on the federal government to further reevaluate employment policies that punish workers for cannabis conduct that is legal in their states.
“The Committee encourages OPM and the Suitability Executive Agent to continue to review these policies and guidelines regarding hiring and firing of individuals who use marijuana in states where that individual’s private use of marijuana is not prohibited under the law of the State,” it continues. “These policies should reflect updated changes to the law on marijuana usage and clearly state the impact of marijuana usage on Federal employment.”
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