- A congressional committee is set to vote on the Cannabis Users’ Restoration of Eligibility (CURE) Act, which aims to protect individuals from being denied federal employment or security clearances due to past or current cannabis use.
- The CURE Act, sponsored by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), prohibits the use of current or past cannabis use as a determining factor in security clearance or federal employment decisions. Federal agencies would be required to review past denials related to cannabis use dating back to January 1, 2008.
- While some agencies, such as the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have made their employment policies more accommodating to individuals with past cannabis use, the CURE Act seeks to establish uniform protections across federal departments.
Next week, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee is scheduled to vote on the Cannabis Users’ Restoration of Eligibility (CURE) Act, reports MARIJUANA MOMENT.
The CURE Act aims to prevent individuals from being denied federal employment or security clearances solely due to cannabis use.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), seeks to eliminate outdated cannabis policies that have prevented qualified individuals from serving in federal roles.
The CURE Act would also require federal agencies to review past denials related to cannabis use dating back to January 1, 2008, and establish a process for individuals to appeal such decisions if they believe they were denied due to cannabis use alone.
Additionally, it would expand protections to cover both security clearances and overall employment decisions.
This legislation follows earlier efforts to reform federal employment policies related to cannabis.
In July, the Senate approved a bill preventing intelligence agencies from denying security clearances based solely on past cannabis use.
The bill’s supporters hope to create more inclusive and equitable federal employment practices regarding cannabis.