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Largest Federal Workers Union Calls For Ending Marijuana Tests For Most Government Employees In Legal States

The nation’s largest union representing federal employees recently adopted a resolution in support of marijuana legalization and calling for an end to policies that penalize federal workers who use cannabis responsibly while they’re off the clock in states where it is legal.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), which represents more than 700,000 federal workers across the country, approved the resolution during its 42nd National Convention in June.

The union posted the title of the measure—”Resolution to Support Deleting Responsible Off-Duty Marijuana Usage from Suitability Criteria”—but has not yet publicly released the final text.

A draft version of the resolution that was obtained by Marijuana Moment also expresses support for federal cannabis legalization legislation, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, that’s passed the House two times.

The draft resolution says there’s “increasing acceptance of marijuana use in American society, including for medical treatment for veterans of the armed forces and others,” and that’s reflected in the growing number of states that have opted to legalize cannabis in some form.

It also says that “federal regulations unreasonably cast marijuana usage as a matter of concern for 
security reasons.”

Therefore, AFGE members voted to adopt the measure to join

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