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H.R. 6589 (115th): Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act

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If you use marijuana legally according to your state’s law, should you still be barred from federal employment?


Eight states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. Potentially several more states such as Michigan and Oklahoma will potentially join them later this year, as November ballot referenda.

However, the drug remains illegal on a federal level. It’s categorized as a Schedule I drug, the same as heroin — and a stricter classification than cocaine.

The only reason state legalization has been allowed to proceed at all is because both the Obama Justice Department starting in 2013 and Trump Justice Department starting in April announced they would use their discretion and not overrule such state-level legalizations.

Since a 1986 Reagan-era executive order, however, using marijuana …

Sponsor and status

Charlie Crist

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 26, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Jul 26, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 26, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


12 Cosponsors (8 Democrats, 4 Republicans)



Jul 26, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 6589 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6589. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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