Nevada Considers Allowing Marijuana Convictions for Police Applicants

Marijuana Convictions Police: Changing the Game in Nevada Law Enforcement

Hey there, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into some interesting news straight out of Nevada. You won’t believe what’s happening in the world of law . We’re talking about marijuana convictions and how they might no longer be a roadblock for aspiring .

A Shift in Hiring Standards

So, here’s the scoop. The Nevada Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is considering a groundbreaking change to its hiring standards for police officers. They’re mulling over a proposal that could open doors for candidates who were once disqualified due to certain marijuana-related offenses.

Breaking Down the Proposed Change

Currently, if you had any run-ins with the law related to the use, sale, or possession of a controlled substance (including marijuana), you’d be automatically disqualified from pursuing a career in law enforcement. But things might be about to change.

The proposed amendment states that this disqualification won’t apply to someone with a prior marijuana-related offense if, at the time of their application for police certification, that offense is no longer unlawful. It’s like a breath of fresh air for those eager to serve and protect.

Why the Change?

Now, you might be wondering, why would they make such a change? Well, the idea is to expand the pool of eligible candidates for law enforcement positions. Nevada’s facing a shortage of officers, and this shift could help fill those much-needed roles. Plus, they claim there won’t be any adverse effects or additional costs for regulators.

Have Your Say

If you’re itching to share your thoughts on this proposal, you’re in luck. The public gets a chance to voice their opinions at the October 26 meeting. Just swing by the Napa Room B of the Southpoint Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas at 8 a.m. and let your voice be heard.

Don’t Roll Up Just Yet

Hold on, though. This doesn’t mean officers can light up a on duty. No siree! The policy might be changing, but it’s not giving officers a green light to enjoy cannabis while in uniform. The current still emphasize a strict no-tolerance policy for marijuana.

“As with any psychoactive drug, POST strongly believes there is no room for marijuana usage in the policing profession,” says the current administration manual. “POST strongly encourages law enforcement agencies across the to adopt policies prohibiting the on or off-duty recreational or use of marijuana.”

Even folks with a state-issued medical cannabis card can’t attend POST courses, including the Basic Training Academy. Now, it’s unclear whether this stance will remain the same if the proposed regulation goes through.

The Journey So Far

The wheels started turning on this change back in May when the POST Commission submitted the proposal. But the issue isn’t entirely new. In 2019, a Las Vegas police officer got the boot after testing positive for THC metabolites. He didn’t take it lying down and sued the department. In 2021, a district judge ruled in his favor, calling the zero-tolerance policy for cannabis “untenable” and recognizing that state statute protects employees’ lawful use of marijuana outside of work.

Nevada’s Changing Cannabis Landscape

Nevada has been making some interesting moves on the cannabis front recently. Just a few months ago, they doubled the state’s limit on personal possession and expanded business license eligibility for people with prior felony convictions. Governor Joe Lombardo even signed legislation to create a working group that would study and develop a plan for regulated access for therapeutic purposes.

Pushing for Federal Legalization

In May, the state took a bold step by approving a resolution urging Congress to federally legalize marijuana. And that’s not all. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) jumped on board and voted to send a proposed regulatory amendment to the governor. If accepted, it would formally protect athletes from being penalized for using or possessing marijuana in with state law.

Cannabis Consumption Lounges on the Horizon

This summer, regulators started handing out the state’s first conditional licenses for marijuana consumption lounges. It seems like Nevada is on the fast track to embracing all things cannabis-related.

So, there you have it, my fellow cannabis aficionados. Nevada is considering a groundbreaking change that could reshape the law enforcement landscape. Marijuana convictions might no longer be a roadblock for those looking to protect and serve. It’s a bold move in a state that’s been making waves in the world of cannabis regulation.

Thanks to Ben Adlin for keeping us in the loop on this exciting development in Nevada.

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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