Smoked weed in the past? That doesn’t mean a person can’t work at the White House

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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued guidance that may give a pass to those who have consumed weed in the past but are now looking to work in federal government, something the Biden Administration quickly picked up on. The approach detailed by OPM — which applies to cannabis use and represents a revision of existing policy, with a nod to changes in attitudes around weed — notes it is possible to waive, on a case-by-case basis, certain requirements following a thorough evaluation. For potential staffers and appointees to the White House’s Executive Office of the President, that could mean applicants do not need to have certain levels of security clearance. With weed still classified as a controlled substance under U.S. federal law, past use could prove a disqualifying factor in obtaining security clearance to work in the White House, according to NBC News . “Officials said a waiver would only be granted to those who have used marijuana on a ‘limited’ basis and who are in positions that don’t ultimately require a security clearance,” it was reported. Message to U.S. politicians: Legalizing weed tops the list of national policies citizens want to see done Top Democratic Senators say draft of cannabis reform measures will be released in “the early part of this year” What will a Biden-Harris administration mean for cannabis reform? The OPM open memo late last week notes that 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized medical and recreational cannabis use by those 21 or older, while 33 states allow medical marijuana or CBD. Additionally, 49 per cent of adult respondents to the 2019 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey report having used weed. “As more state laws have changed, federal agencies are increasingly encountering individuals whose knowledge, skills and…

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