California Police Remove Cannabis Use Question from Application

It comes after the state signed a law to prevent discrimination based on prior drug use.

The California Police Commission has removed questions about cannabis use from new job applications.

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training said the POST Personal History Statement forms for new officer and safety dispatchers have been modified.

It has removed inquiries about a candidate’s prior cannabis use. But general inquiries about an applicant’s prior criminal history will remain unchanged.

The move comes in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom signing a bill restricting discrimination against job applicants due to prior cannabis use.

Under the bill, information about a person’s prior cannabis use obtained from the person’s criminal history would be exempt from the existing law.

The new law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

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