Marijuana Testing for Federal Jobs to End Under H.R. 4368
H.R. 4368 Would Defund Cannabis Testing for Federal Jobs in Legalized States
Breaking news for all Americans working in the federal jobs sector. Recent legislative developments indicate a potential easing of marijuana testing for federal job applicants. Additionally, there's a push to enhance access to psychedelics for military service members with specific mental health conditions.
H.R. 4368 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024
Key Takeaways: H.R. 4368 Ease Access to Medical Cannabis and Psychedelics
Marijuana Testing for Federal Job Applicants: There's a significant move to prevent certain federal employers from subjecting most job applicants to marijuana testing.
Amendments on the Horizon: Several amendments are underway within appropriations legislation, primarily aimed at lessening restrictions around cannabis use for federal employment or military service.
Agencies in Focus: Proposed amendments could impact agencies like the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
State Specifics: Some amendments might exclude specific states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, though the reasons remain undisclosed.
Military Focus: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is proposing to stop DOD from using its funds to test individuals enlisting in the military for marijuana use.
Emphasis on PTSD and TBI: There's a keen interest in ensuring military members suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have access to clinical trials exploring the potential benefits of psychedelic substances.
Current Stance of the House: As the House reconvenes after its recess, it remains to be seen how these amendments will progress.
Garcia, Robert (CA), Goldman (NY) Democrat Revised: Blocks funding for marijuana testing of federal job applicants in states which have legalized marijuana use.
Cannabis and Veterans:
Recent amendments advocate against the policy that hinders doctors from the VA from recommending medical cannabis to veterans in states where it's legal.
A parallel measure in the Senate reinforces the likelihood of this reform becoming law.
What’s Next for Medical Cannabis and Psychedelics?
The Senate has recently passed legislation preventing agencies like the CIA and NSA from refusing security clearances to applicants based solely on their past marijuana use.
However, some cannabis proposals haven't made the cut, with the Rules Committee in July blocking several marijuana and psychedelics amendments.
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The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical or legal advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any decisions related to medical cannabis or any other treatments.