Laws and Regulations

Is CBD use ‘Automatic Disqualifier’ For FBI Employment?

Written by Christina Major

Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lowered the limitations linked to cannabinoid consumption both in natural and synthetic forms, in order to work with them. Previously, anyone using cannabis or any cannabis-derived product the previous three years before application or more than 24 times since turning 18 was automatically disqualified from possible employment. The new regulations lowered the use to the previous year before employment, although it did not decrease the 24 times.

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp products, including not-for-consumption hemp products, hemp seed and hemp derivatives. Although CBD and cannabinoid infused products are currently legal to use in most states, they are still in a gray area within federal regulation.

As a federal law enforcement institution, FBI is required to follow all laws as set forth, without interpretation. In the case of ambiguous regulations and laws, they must err on the side of caution. Unfortunately, this includes CBD products.

Other policies show discrepancies across various federal agencies and a division of policy makers’ opinions. Some tend toward loosening regulations, and others tend toward keeping the regulations tight in the interest of public health.

Even within the state and local communities, the regulation of cannabis products varies. One example cited is the federal loosening of requirements for past cannabis use, stating no employees were fired or barred from service for use years ago. However, the article says dozen of former federal employees were fired for being honest in their use.

Officially, the FBI is standing firm on its use of cannabinoid infused products, including CBD and other broad- to full-spectrum cannabis products. However, it is unlikely in the near future for that to change unless stronger federal regulations come into play to standardize product distribution, advertising, and production. Currently, the cannabinoid industry is fighting standardization regulations, meaning the FBI is unlikely to change its stance soon. [1]






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