New Federal Job Applications Won’t Ask About Most Marijuana Use Unless It Was Within The Past 90 Days

New Federal Job Applications Won’t Ask About Most Marijuana Use Unless It Was Within The Past 90 Days
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A federal agency is proposing to replace a series of job application forms for prospective workers in a way that would treat past marijuana use much more leniently than under current policy, a draft document obtained by Marijuana Moment shows. One of the most significant changes concerns the timeline for the cannabis use questions, which would be revised such that a person would only be asked about consumption that occurred within the past 90 days, unless they used while working in a criminal justice, public safety or national security position. In those cases, the forms would ask about use that occurred at any time. In contrast, the relevant forms that applicants are currently required to fill out ask about any marijuana usage within the past one, five or seven years, depending on the security level of the position they are applying for. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) first announced in a Federal Register notice last week that it was proposing the changes, which are currently open to public comment for a two-month period, partly because of “changing societal norms” amid the state-level legalization movement and to widen the applicant pool for qualified federal workers. The draft Personnel Vetting Questionnaire (PVQ) would replace the current SF85, SF85P, SF 85P-S and SF86 forms, which each cover positions of varying levels of sensitivity and security. Those forms require applicants to disclose use of illicit drugs by checking them off on a list. Now, OPM is not only proposing to disaggregate marijuana from the list with other illegal drugs into its own separate set of questions and narrow the timeline significantly, with certain exceptions, but it also wants to give applicants opportunities to expand upon the nature of their usage. The new unified form also makes clear that use of cannabis products containing…

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