A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would, if passed, prevent the federal government from terminating employees who use cannabis within the laws of the state in which they reside, Tom Angell of Marijuana Moment reports. The bill was introduced on Thursday by Reps. Charlie Crist (D-Florida) and Drew Ferguson (R-Georgia).
The bill would protect all civilian federal employees in all federal departments and agencies using cannabis legally within the laws of their state, for either medical or recreational purposes. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for debate and consideration, before hopefully being brought to the House floor for a vote.
Over three dozen cannabis amendments have been blocked in committee by Republican leaders this year. The House Rules Committee, chaired by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), has made a project of blocking all cannabis amendments brought forward since Rep. Sessions took control. Supporters of cannabis law reform hope that Rep. Sessions will be voted out of office during the midterm elections in November.