US Army will excuse prior marijuana use in recruits

US Army will excuse prior marijuana use in recruits

The government has been one of the toughest employers for marijuana users -- many US government jobs will drug test for marijuana, and if you work in the government, it's very tough to sit down and enjoy a joint, even rarely. But at least one of those restrictions has slipped a bit: The head of the Army's recruiting command has said that he doesn't really care about prior weed use in those he's recruiting. In 2016, the Army granted 191 waivers for prior marijuana use to incoming recruits, but this year that number has jumped to over 500, and odds are good it will keep going.

This isn't exactly a huge win: Marijuana use is still prohibited in the services, and while that's tough for those who work in administration and behind a desk, it does make sense that soldiers aren't using any drug in the field, whether that be weed or anything else. But it does mean that if you want to be in the Army at some point, you don't need to worry about marijuana use before that.

Really, this is more about numbers than anything else. Marijuana is legal in more places than ever, and so if the Army doesn't grant waivers to those using it, their recruitment numbers could be hurt eventually. At any rate, it's good to know that there's one more opportunity that weed users can take advantage of, if they choose to do that.

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