Marijuana Moment writes.
A key House committee will soon consider newly filed amendments to a large-scale spending bill that would prevent drug testing of certain federal job applicants for marijuana and end the blockade that has kept Washington, D.C. from legalizing cannabis sales.
Democratic lawmakers recently filed the amendments to Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations legislation covering Financial Services and General Government (FSGG). They will be taken up by the GOP-controlled House Rules Committee, which has rejected numerous drug policy reform measures from floor consideration as part of spending bills in recent months while allowing a small handful of others to advance.
One of the FSGG amendments comes from Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA), who has consistently sought to use the appropriations process this year to secure marijuana-related employment protections for federal workers. Despite his repeated attempts, however, the committee has declined to make any version in order for a floor vote so far.
Earlier this month, for example, Garcia tried with success to put the reform in spending legislation dealing with the Departments of Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies.
Garcia has also filed the cannabis job 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.
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