No one understands how reactionary (and … evil) the Feds are. Thanks for burning through all those fields of beautiful vegetation over the years, guys, not to mention the countless lives the war on drugs has destroyed. It doesn’t make up for it, but the federal government is finally relaxing drug screening rules, New York times reports. Why? As older generations, often more sympathetic to Nancy Reagan’s thinking, leave the workforce, the Feds must hire younger workers. Younger workers have grown up at a different time, knowing that cannabis is a drug and generally a safe way to relax and elevate life (without the aggression that Boomer’s three-martini lunches bring).
And whether they like it or not, the feds know it Opinion polls indicate More than half of Americans enjoy cannabis and the majority believe it should be legal. Medical cannabis use Illegal in 38 states (And D.C., home of the feds), and recreational weed is allowed in 22 states. However, in an always absurd loop, it remains illegal under federal law.
And let’s be clear. The federal government does not say its employees can start using marijuana. So what has changed?
Historically, even being honest about your cannabis use would make you ineligible for many federal jobs. So agencies are cutting back on policies regarding any past use of cannabis. New York times Reports indicate that over the past five years, 3,400 new military recruits who failed a drug test on their first day have been given a “grace period to try again.” Biden is also expected to stop digging deep into the past cannabis use of those applying for security clearances.
And the CIA has traditionally told applicants that they must abstain from cannabis for a year before applying. But in April last year, they shortened that to 90 days. And in 2021, the FBI shortened the abstinence requirement from three years to one year. And very kindly (yes, that’s ironic), the Office of Personnel Management decided to stop viewing people who previously used cannabis as a security risk, streamlining the security clearance check process.
Right now, if you want to apply for a security clearance, you must admit (in detail, kind of like when you join Scientology, and they make you divulge any shit) to any illegal drug use over the past seven (!) years. Under their new and improved laws, that number will drop to five. Regarding cannabis, applicants only have to disclose any use 90 days prior to the job search, which at least acknowledges that cannabis presents less risk than other drugs (although cocaine is schedule two and cannabis is schedule one, so if we To believe it’s fed, blowing is safer than passing blowing).
As for military service, the army It waived more than 3,300 recruits who failed a drug test or admitted to past drug use between 2018 and 2022. The Army is the coldest—historically, the Navy has a zero-tolerance policy for anyone who fails a drug test, but they’ve recently started giving They get the chance to take another piss test after 90 days if they fail the first test. The Air Force and Marine Corps also offer second chances.
In the post-COVID job market, the Feds now have to compete with the private sector, where many people can work from home and even keep a Sativa vape close by if they need a power boost. It appears that the pandemic and the resulting economic fallout have forced them to pull their heads out of their asses and ease up on some policies. Let’s hope they realize one day that even their new “cozy” policies are far from satanic panic.