Marijuana is already legal in thirty-three states.
Smoking weed will no longer immediately end your chances of becoming an Atlanta police officer.
The Atlanta Police Department said it lost too many qualified candidates when they asked if the person used marijuana in the past two years. So, the department is doing away with that box to check on the application.
They believe this will result in more qualified candidates.
“You cannot smoke marijuana if you’re an Atlanta police officer. Period. End of story,” APD spokesperson Carlos Campos said.
Campos emphasized the rules regarding drugs. Drug use is not acceptable, but in order to recruit, where an applicant would’ve been weeded out with marijuana use in the past two years, APD no longer holds that against a person.
“It’s just that attitudes and cultural norms are changing toward marijuana use,” Campos said.
Georgia’s Department of Public Safety is changing its process since marijuana use is legal in thirty-three states.