Air Force Is Granting Far More Marijuana Waivers To Recruits Who Test Positive For THC Than It Expected Under Pilot Program

Air Force Is Granting Far More Marijuana Waivers To Recruits Who Test Positive For THC Than It Expected Under Pilot Program
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The Air Force is granting far more marijuana waivers to recruits than it expected after launching a pilot program that’s meant to give more leniency to would-be service members amid the state legalization movement. The program launched last year, authorizing the branch to grant waivers to recruits who test positive for THC metabolites during their initial drug screening and giving them 90 days before they’re retested. Previously, Air Force candidates who tested positive would be automatically barred from joining. The Air Force said that it anticipated that roughly 50 recruits would be eligible for the waiver per year based on past annual drug screening data. But within just three months, from September 30 to December 31, it granted the second chance to 43 applicants, Military.com reported. The trend “could mean as more states adopt more leniency toward cannabis and THC derivatives, we anticipate a continued increase” in these waiver requests, Air Force Recruiting Service spokeswoman Chrissy Cuttita told the outlet. Not all recruits are eligible for the waivers. Only those who score high enough on their qualification tests, don’t have convictions on their records and otherwise meet enlistment standards qualify under the pilot program, which lasts until September 2024. At that point, the Air Force will decide whether to make the policy permanent. If they do, it would align them with other divisions of the military that have similarly revised cannabis policies like the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. For the Air Force in particular, this waiver program represents a notable development, as the branch instituted a policy in 2019 barring service members from using even non-intoxicating CBD, even if its derived from hemp and is therefore federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. A Massachusetts base of the Air Force released a notice in 2021 stating that service members can’t even bring hemp-infused…

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