A new bill, introduced by Florida Congressman Charlie Crist and Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson on Thursday, could finally make it illegal for the federal government to fire employees for marijuana use in states where it’s legal. The bill, entitled “Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act,” would protect federal workers who live in a state “where that individual’s private use of marijuana is not prohibited” from being fired for testing positive for marijuana on a drug test. The exception to this regulation, of course, is if they are suspected of being under the influence of marijuana while at work.
While an amendment was proposed to extend this law to members of the armed forces, the GOP House Leaders denied it a floor vote. However, the bill that remains protects civilian federal employees from all agencies and departments from being fired for off-site marijuana consumption so long as it complied with the law. It won’t apply, however, to those who have or are trying to get positions with “top secret clearance or access to a highly sensitive program.”
Hopefully, should this bill pass, it will pave the way for other such legislation to pass, protecting employees across all types of businesses from being wrongfully terminated for marijuana use in areas where marijuana use is completely legal.