On Jan. 10, 2017, the United States Air Force announced that it would relax its policy on barring recruits who have previously used marijuana from entering the service.
According to Millitary.com, the policy change was enacted in order to resolve conflicting recruiting standards among the Air Force Academy, Air Force Recruiting Service and AFROTC, as well as acknowledge changing U.S. attitudes on marijuana use.
“What we decided to do is stop asking [about] prior marijuana use at the recruiter level,” said Gina Grosso, deputy chief of staff for Air Force manpower, personnel and services, as reported by Millitary.com. “First of all, who really counts how many times they’ve used marijuana? So that just comes off the table.”
Despite this policy changes, marijuana among Air Force members and recruits, recreational or otherwise, is still strictly prohibited and will result in separation of service. Marijuana-related arrests or convictions are still disqualifying factors.