Maryland eases pot-use restrictions for would-be police officers

BALTIMORE - (AP) - Regulators in Maryland have eased restrictions on the amount of marijuana prospective police officers may have smoked before being hired in the state.

The Baltimore Sun reports the new rule easing restrictions received final approval Wednesday from the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission. The rule bars the hiring of any prospective officers who have smoked marijuana in the past three years. It replaces a state policy dating to the 1970s that had barred applicants who had used more than 20 times in their lives, or five times since turning 21.

The new rule was championed by Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who says past marijuana used has been the leading disqualifier of new applicants. The new rule takes effect June 1.

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