Senate Committee Votes To Let People Who’ve Used Marijuana Work For CIA, NSA And Other Intelligence Agencies

Senate Committee Votes To Let People Who’ve Used Marijuana Work For CIA, NSA And Other Intelligence Agencies
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A key Senate committee approved a measure this week that would prohibit the federal government from denying people the security clearances they need to work at intelligence agencies simply because they’ve used marijuana. The measure from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee on a voice vote on Wednesday. It is now attached to the Intelligence Authorization Act, which must still move through both chambers before potentially heading to the president’s desk. If enacted, it would mark a significant development in federal cannabis workplace policies, affecting agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA). “I applaud the committee for including my provisions, in particular an amendment ensuring that past marijuana use will not disqualify intelligence community applicants from serving their country,” Wyden, who is also working with leadership on a bill to federally legalize cannabis, said in a press release on Thursday. “It’s a common-sense change to ensure the IC can recruit the most capable people possible.” Big thanks to @MartinHeinrich and @SenGillibrand for their support of this common-sense provision, which will ensure the intelligence community can continue to recruit the most capable people possible. — Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) June 23, 2022 The cannabis amendment was approved by the committee in an unanimous vote, The Wall Street Journal first reported. Staff with Wyden’s office told Marijuana Moment that the Intelligence Committee’s rules restrict how the text of legislation within its jurisdiction can be released. It may be a number of weeks before the provisions of the new cannabis amendment are publicly available. But the brief description of the measure is fairly straightforward, seeking to resolve a hiring policy that lawmakers and even past heads of the intelligence community have described as problematic. The senator’s press release says the proposal would prohibit “denial of…

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