Feds Banned From Using MMJ - Even In Legal States
It's a seemingly appropriate punishment for those who work for the federal government. Agents of the federal government are not permitted to use medicinal marijuana, even if it is considered legal in their residing state.
The Federal Register released a statement this week which claims that not even a medical recommendation is an excuse for an employee to fail a drug test. "Some state laws allowing marijuana use the term 'prescription,' [however most use "recommendation" because cannabis isn't FDA-approved] even though a recommendation for someone to use marijuana under state law is not a prescription consistent with the Controlled Substance Act," stated Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. "Regardless of any state 'medical marijuana' laws, there cannot be a legally valid prescription for marijuana, since it remains a Schedule I substance under the CSA."
This comes as news to some and common sense to others. States like Nevada have passed specific legislation that prohibit employers from terminating employees for off-work use of medical marijuana. On the other hand, Oregon's laws differ by allowing employees to be terminated for testing positive for cannabis whether you have a medical recommendation or if you only use cannabis at home.
However for federal employees, they are subject to termination because they are working under federal law. "The latest statements coming out of the DOT in regard to medical marijuana are just another sign of how out of touch with scientific research our public policy is," claims Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). "While no individual should ever drive impaired under any circumstances, it ought to be stressed that neither the enactment of medical cannabis regulations, nor the enactment of adult-use regulations is associated with an uptick in motor vehicle fatalities or overall crashes."