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Updated: 08/10/2017 08:30:02AM

New marijuana bill has employers scrambling

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If a new amendment currently circulating in the U.S. Senate becomes law, the U.S. government would be banned from using federal funds to fight states that have legalized medical marijuana. The amendment is expected to pass with large bi-partisan support.

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The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to a budget bill last week to protect medical marijuana programs from federal interference in states that have legalized the drug for medical use. If passed by both the Senate and House, the amendment would prevent agencies such as the Department of Justice from using federal funds to fight a state’s medical marijuana laws.

The amendment to the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill passed by a voice vote and prohibits using federal funds to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.” If the bill becomes law, employers in medical marijuana states would be pressured to enact company policies regarding use of the plant.

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