New Bill Includes Climate Protections, Drug Testing Reform

A team of more than two dozen lawmaking Dems has put forth a measure on stimulating professional investment to battle climate change. The coalition of Democratics wants to strengthen the workforce across the country by guarding people in legal cannabis states from being punished thanks to national substance testing procedures.

The measure is known as the Climate Resilience Workforce Act. The bill is being directed by Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). This far-reaching measure would supply grants to sustain climate resilience positions, fund existing professional development programs and construct a White House agency of Climate Resilience to promote climate protection.

However, another cornerstone of the bill is to remove impediments linked to workforce access, in part by terminating federal drug testing regulations.

For those engaged in a state that has legalized cannabis, they could not be refused job training possibilities made obtainable under the measure or denied work in climate resilience “on the grounds of a nationally directed drug test that is more rigid than any drug exam that is in place in the locale or State, or used by the union of such worker,” the text of the bill generally expresses.

Suppose a state or locality does allow for testing THC, the psychoactive portion of cannabis, metabolites despite including legalization on the record. In that case, it seems those workers or apprenticeship applications could still be subject to the more rigid federal guidelines. However, those in states like New York, which passed rules banning the cannabis as mentioned above examination for most workers, would be guarded.

“The creative Climate Resilience Workforce Act responds to the worsening climate crisis at the scale required by funding in a professional workforce that is skilled of not only reacting to but qualifying for the detrimental consequences of climate change,” Jayapal, who leads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, generally expressed in a press statement. 

“As we generate millions of well-paying, union jobs and focus on the very neighborhoods who are marginalized.”

A few dozen other members of Congress have penned on as co-backers of the bill. Some of these backers include: 

  • Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)
  • Cori Bush (D-MO)
  • Barbara Lee (D-CA)
  • Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) 
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
  • Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

“This new measure keenly acknowledges that many states, including those that are most at hazard to the damages of climate change, are [decades] ahead of the national government when it comes to employee protections and sound policy when it comes to substance testing for trace metabolic elements” Justin Strekal, a weed policy champion who recently established Useful Strategies after resigning from his job as NORML’s lobbyist, informed a popular cannabis multimedia source. 

“As long as the Reagan-era Administrative Order to mandate substance testing stays in place, this form of congressional action is key to moving policy in the appropriate direction.”

Substance testing and workplace matters related to weed have become a controversial topic as more states push to end the criminalization of the plant. The discussion has advanced everywhere, from the private sector to Congress.

For instance, Amazon stated last year that it was terminating drug testing for weed, and it later revealed that policy would be retroactive, meaning old workers and applicants who were turned away for testing positive for trace amounts of THC will have their employment eligibility revitalized. The largest company globally has also voiced support for two federal legalization measures.

Legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives have included terminology in recent allocations reports urging a reexamination of employment policies for national agencies individuals regarding the use of weed.

We will keep you posted on the legislation as it makes its way through the necessary legal hoops.

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