Lawmaker Revises Misleading Comments On Marijuana Protections In Congressional Report

Lawmaker Revises Misleading Comments On Marijuana Protections In Congressional Report

A Democratic congressman revised comments he made inflating the scope of marijuana provisions he helped secure as part of a House committee-passed spending bill after advocates raised concerns that his mischaracterizations could put cannabis consumers at risk. The office of Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) claimed in a press release on Wednesday that the House Appropriations Committee approved legislation that includes language “protecting veterans and other federal employees who use marijuana in states like Florida where it is legal, from being denied employment or terminated from their jobs for testing positive for cannabis.” “For veterans in Pinellas and across the country, this bill also protects your legal access to medical marijuana without jeopardizing your federal job,” the congressman said. “Those who served our country should never be shut out from federal employment opportunities for legally treating their service-connected injuries with marijuana.” But, in fact, the Financial Services and General Government spending bill for the 2021 fiscal year does not call for explicit policy changes to that end. It simply “encourages [the Office of Personnel Management] to review its policies and guidelines regarding hiring and firing of individuals who use marijuana in States where that individual’s private use of marijuana is not prohibited under the law of the State.” In other words, it recommends a policy review, rather than direct a policy change as Crist suggested. Pinellas small businesses are backbone of our local economy. Proud to see major wins for them & Black- and minority-owned #smallbiz included in latest funding bill.…

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