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GOP Committee Chairman Seeks To Scale Back Bill On Removing Federal Marijuana Employment Barriers Ahead Of This Week’s Vote

The chairman of a key House committee is proposing to significantly scale back a bipartisan bill on marijuana-related protections for federal workers that’s scheduled for a vote in his panel this week.

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee is scheduled to hold a markup of the Cannabis Users’ Restoration of Eligibility (CURE) Act—sponsored by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)—on Wednesday. But ahead of that meeting, Chairman James Comer (R-KY) says he will be filing an amendment in the nature of a substitute (ANS) that would eliminate some of the bill central provisions.

As introduced, the legislation would make it so “current or past use of marijuana by a covered person may not be used in any determination with respect to whether such person” is eligible for a security clearance or otherwise suitable for federal employment.

Comer’s amendment, however, would remove language concerning “current” use, restricting the employment protections only to people who admit to previously using marijuana while allowing federal agencies to continue refusing to employ or issue security clearances to current cannabis consumers.

The purpose of the chairman’s ANS is to “ensure this legislation is consistent with most federal agencies’ default policy and

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