Last week, the FBI stated that the recent use of cannabis and components such as CBD automatically disqualified individuals from working at the agency. In a response to a question raised on Twitter, FBI Denver explained that while the use of CBD and cannabis was legal at the state level, their use was a disqualifier for contractors and employees looking to work with the agency.
The handle went on to explain that individuals needed to wait at least a year from when they last used the substances before they applied to the federal agency. This is despite the fact that under the 2018 farm bill, hemp and derivatives such as CBD are federally legal.
In 2020, a separate field office stated that the agency’s employment policies for CBD were under review. Despite this, the FBI is yet to issue any new guidance that addresses CBD, which is widely available in many commercial markets across America.
A year later, the agency loosened its marijuana employment policy, making it so that individuals need only wait a year instead of three years before applying for a job at the agency. This new guidance was revised to omit a policy that restricted an individual’s eligibility based on the number of times they had consumed marijuana.
The earlier version stipulated that the use of cannabis or any of its forms, whether natural or synthetic, in any location regardless of its legality, more than 24 times after an individual had turned 18 disqualified them from employment at the agency.
While FBI candidates aren’t forbidden from using synthetic marijuana drugs approved by the FDA, the agency stresses that candidates can’t present prescriptions or medical cannabis cards as mitigating factors for cannabis or marijuana use.
Federal agencies have taken different approaches to marijuana employment policies as the legalization movement spreads across states in the country. For instance, the biggest union in the country, which represents federal employees, recently adopted an initiative supporting the legalization of marijuana. The union also called for the end to policies that penalized federal workers who used marijuana responsibly after working hours in states where it was legal to be done away with.
Additionally, the Environment Protection Agency has highlighted that the use of marijuana by their workers is still prohibited. Its workers are also not allowed to directly invest in the marijuana industry.
In addition to this, the U.S. Forest Service recently posted a notice warning employees about the risks of consuming CBD products that were federally unregulated, noting that they were prohibited from using marijuana.
It is these contradictions between federal and state cannabis laws that create a complex environment for entities such as Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX) to operate and thrive.
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