As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for military recruiters to find recruits that have not used marijuana. In an effort to gain more recruits, the United States Army has begun to grant waivers for would-be soldiers that have used marijuana in the past.
In the last three years the number of marijuana-related recruiting waivers has skyrocketed from zero in 2014 to more than 500 in 2017, as reported by the Associated Press.
The U.S. isn’t the only country whose military has begun to change its policy on marijuana. For example, the Israeli Army has begun to relax its penalties for soldiers who use marijuana off-duty and the Italian Army has actually begun to grow medical marijuana.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Maj. Gen. Jeff Snow, head of the Army’s recruiting command, said he doesn’t mind granting the waivers as long as recruits follow the rules once they’re enlisted.
“Provided they understand that they cannot do that when they serve in the military, I will waive that all day long,” Snow said.
Snow went on to say that he expects the number of waivers will continue to rise as more states legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.