Federal Jobs Open to Past Cannabis Smokers
In a late-February memo, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) eased up the no-cannabis use and possession requirements for future government employees.
Nevertheless, let’s remind you that these job candidates still fall under federal law — hence why past pot users and those caught in possession were automatically banned from applying (until now). Namely, the Biden Administration has now ruled off past cannabis use as sufficient evidence for automatic disqualification of otherwise eligible candidates.
This decision is somewhat expected given the ever-evolving legal status of cannabis in different states and the increasing number of states pending marijuana legalization in 2021.
In addition, the Government prepared a new policy that will grant waivers to some Administration members who have used cannabis, under the pledge that they’ll discontinue the practice.
As for job applicants, the extent of their cannabis use and the job position in question will also play a part in their selection — OPM Director Kathleen M. McGettigan assures.
The new way of judging cannabis misconduct adds to an earlier 2015 government policy that takes into account the circumstances under which marijuana was consumed. These include the age of the candidate, evidence of being in the clear, and other societal conditions.
Federal agencies are also advised to allow candidates depending on their individual cases of cannabis use (if any) and their overall aptitude for the job.
These new guidelines will undeniably grant the new workforce a better chance of landing a federal job.
This is yet another giant leap towards federal legalization and has been so since the House voted for the decriminalization bill. In the long run, past weed-lovers can speed up the process of federal legalization that numerous labs are already prepping for.