Key House Committee Considers Ending Marijuana Testing for Federal Job Applicants and Lifting D.C. Cannabis Sales Ban

House Committee Marijuana Testing: A Game-Changer in Federal Employment and D.C. Cannabis Sales

Hey there, fellow enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving deep into some exciting developments in the world of weed. Grab your favorite strain, settle in, and let’s talk about the latest buzz—pun intended—on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Robert Garcia’s Green Crusade

Leading the charge on this front is Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA), a staunch advocate for -related employment protections for workers. Garcia has been going toe-to-toe with the committee, and his latest attempt might just be the breakthrough we’ve all been waiting for.

Additionally, Garcia has filed the cannabis applicant protections measure for other appropriations bills—covering Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, as well as Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies—that will be taken up by the Rules Committee on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, for the MilCon/VA spending legislation, bipartisan lawmakers have cheered the House’s passage of the underlying legislation that included separate marijuana and measures that were allowed to advance to floor consideration.

Lighting Up D.C.’s Cannabis Market

But wait, there’s more! If you thought the House Committee was done, think again. Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) are making moves to finally lift the ban that’s kept Washington, D.C. from fully embracing the cannabis industry.

All things considered, it’s been a rocky road for advocates of cannabis reform. Despite voters in the District giving the green light to legalization back in 2014, a pesky rider has been preventing D.C. from tapping into its local tax dollars to establish a commercial marijuana market. But the tides might be turning.

On top of that, the Rules Committee hasn’t set a date for the final verdict. But the fact that these amendments are on the table is a step in the right direction.

Cannabis in the VA: A Budding Opportunity

Moving on to another battleground—the MilCon/VA spending legislation. Here, lawmakers are celebrating the House’s approval of separate marijuana and psychedelics measures. VA doctors might soon be able to recommend medical cannabis to veterans, and research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics is gaining traction.

Undoubtedly, the Senate Appropriations Committee is also pushing for VA doctors to have the green light to recommend marijuana. It seems the odds are in favor of these reforms becoming law.

Psychedelics on the Rise

Psychedelics research is also making waves. The House passed amendments encouraging studies on substances like psilocybin and MDMA, while the Senate has been looking into clearing the path for security clearance applicants with past marijuana use.

For instance, last month, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee passed a standalone bipartisan bill that would prevent the denial of federal employment or security clearances based on a candidate’s past marijuana use.

The Home Front

On the home front, the VA has clarified that income derived from state-legalized cannabis activities won’t stand in the way of veterans getting a certificate of eligibility for VA home loan benefits.

Nevertheless, while there have been wins on the cannabis front, some proposals, like Sen. Brian Schatz’s (D-HI) bid to allow medical marijuana use by veterans, didn’t make the cut. The road to reform is paved with its share of .

Conclusion

So, there you have it, folks. The House Committee Marijuana is making waves in federal employment, and D.C. is inching closer to embracing its cannabis market fully. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but progress is being made. Stay tuned for more updates on the ever-evolving world of cannabis legislation.

And before we wrap things up, a big thanks to Kyle Jaeger for keeping us informed on these exciting developments. Keep that (or your preferred method) ready, and let’s see where this journey takes us next!

Rosemary Puffman
I'm Rosemary, a staunch supporter of cannabis legalization and its potential benefits. My roles as a writer, cannabis entrepreneur, and informed investor allow me to contribute to the evolving narrative around cannabis. Through my writing, I aim to destigmatize and educate, while my business ventures and strategic investments align with my belief in the positive impact of responsible cannabis use.

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