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Watch Live: Congressional Committee Votes On Bill To Remove Marijuana As Barrier To Federal Employment Or Security Clearances

A key House committee is set to vote on a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that would prevent the denial of federal employment or security clearances based on a candidate’s marijuana use.

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee will take up the Cannabis Users’ Restoration of Eligibility (CURE) Act from Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). But first members are expected to adopt an amendment from Chairman James Comer (R-KY) that would scale back certain provisions.

As introduced, the CURE Act would prevent security clearance and federal employment denials over a person’s past or current cannabis use. The chairman’s amendment in the nature of a substitute (ANS), however, would limit the protections to prior marijuana use alone, so federal workers and holders of security clearances could continue to be penalized for active consumption.

The amendment would additionally remove certain language related to agencies’ responsibility to review whether past security clearance or employment denials were based on marijuana use alone.

Watch the committee markup of the CURE Act in the video below:

The bill as introduced would require agencies, within one year of enactment, to create a process to review each past decision to deny security clearances

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