Nevada law enforcement regulators are proposing to revise the state’s employment policy so that prior marijuana possession convictions for amounts that are now legal would no longer be a disqualifying factor for police recruits.
The Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission submitted the proposed change days after members voted to continue the rulemaking process for the potential reform earlier this month.
As it stands, the state’s guidelines say that people cannot be employed as peace officers if they’ve been “convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude or the unlawful use, sale or possession of a controlled substance.”
The commission is now proposing to add language that carves out an exception to that rule for people with “marijuana convictions for use or possession that would not be prosecutable under the law as of January 1, 2023.”
That wouldn’t mean that officers could use cannabis duty once they are employed, but it would represent a significant policy change, especially given that the current rules are written in a way that explicitly emphasizes the no-tolerance policy for marijuana.
“As with any psychoactive drug, POST strongly believes there is no room for marijuana usage in the policing profession,” the current administration manual
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