California Police Commission Removes Marijuana Questions from Application Forms in Response to New Law

New Law Response: California Police Commission’s Update on Marijuana Questions

Hey there, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! Today, we’ve got some exciting news for you about changes happening in the world of in California. But don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you in a way that’s easy to understand and packed with all the juicy details.

California’s Cannabis Employment Protection

So, as many of you know, California has been on the forefront of for quite some time now. They’ve made some groundbreaking moves to ensure that cannabis users aren’t discriminated against when it comes to employment. And guess what? They’ve just taken it a step further.

The state has recently passed a new law, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer. This law, which takes effect on January 1, builds on the cannabis employment protections that were already in place. But here’s the kicker: it makes it unlawful for an employer to ask job applicants about their prior use of cannabis. Yes, you heard that right!

Before this change, job applicants were often asked whether they’d used any illicit drugs in the past six months or in their lifetime. But now, thanks to this new law, those questions are a thing of the past, especially if the only substance involved was cannabis. Talk about progress!

Nevada’s Cannabis Employment Reforms

Now, let’s not forget our neighbors over in Nevada. They’re not ones to be left behind when it comes to cannabis . Just recently, the Nevada on Peace Officer Standards and Training made a move to amend their hiring standards for police .

What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, they’ve decided to allow job candidates who were previously disqualified due to certain marijuana-related offenses to now be eligible for law enforcement positions. That’s a big step in the right direction, don’t you think?

It’s worth noting that this change came about after a Las Vegas police officer was fired for positive for metabolites back in 2019. The officer decided to take legal action, and in 2021, a district judge ruled that the zero-tolerance policy for cannabis was “untenable.” The judge agreed that state statute protects employees’ lawful use of marijuana outside of work. Talk about a victory for cannabis advocates!

New Jersey’s Cannabis Policy Conflicts

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, there’s a bit of a tug-of-war happening. Two Jersey City police officers were recently fired for testing positive for marijuana, and they’re not taking it lying down. They argue that the city’s policy of punishing law enforcement for off-duty cannabis use goes against state-level policy.

Interestingly, the mayor of Jersey City announced earlier that the city would terminate officers who tested positive for THC, despite from the state’s attorney general not to test officers for off-duty cannabis use. It’s a classic case of conflicting policies and differing opinions.

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin released a memo last year, asserting that the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey meant agencies couldn’t penalize officers for off-duty cannabis use. Some lawmakers, like Assembly Craig Coughlin, signaled their intent to pass legislation to address the issue, while others, like Senate President Nick Scutari, wanted to preserve the off-duty carve-out. It’s a real conundrum!

Nebraska’s Ongoing Cannabis Debate

Finally, let’s take a look at , where the debate over cannabis rules for police recruits is still ongoing. Despite Governor Jim Pillen rejecting proposals to enact employment reform, the Nebraska Crime Commission is exploring whether to loosen cannabis rules for police recruits.

It’s clear that the landscape of cannabis and law enforcement is evolving rapidly. From California’s groundbreaking new law to Nevada’s progressive hiring standards, and the conflicts in New Jersey, to Nebraska’s ongoing debate, there’s a lot to keep an eye on in this ever-changing world of cannabis and the law.


So, there you have it, folks! A comprehensive overview of the latest developments in cannabis and law enforcement in California, Nevada, New Jersey, and Nebraska. The cannabis industry is evolving, and it’s clear that the times are changing.

We hope you found this update informative and enlightening. And remember, if you’re ever in need of the latest cannabis news and insights, you know where to find us. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on the ever-evolving world of cannabis!

Thanks to Kyle Jaeger for reporting on these developments.

Rosemary Puffman
I'm Rosemary, a staunch supporter of cannabis legalization and its potential benefits. My roles as a writer, cannabis entrepreneur, and informed investor allow me to contribute to the evolving narrative around cannabis. Through my writing, I aim to destigmatize and educate, while my business ventures and strategic investments align with my belief in the positive impact of responsible cannabis use.

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