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Arizona Police Board Clears Cops to Use CBD

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

With CBD products on the rise across the country, it has sparked a new question in law enforcement:

How should police departments treat aspiring cops who admit to using or test positive for CBD?

In Arizona, the board that regulates police certifications has historically regarded the use of over-the-counter CBD products. On June 19, 2019 the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) issued a statement clarifying that it "does not view the use or possession of over-the-counter products containing CBD as constituting the illegal use or possession of marijuana, a dangerous drug, or a narcotic drug."

Matt Giordano, the executive director of AZPOST, said CBD has been widely discussed since he started his job in 2018; "Police agencies have seen an increase in the number of applicants that have disclosed the use of products containing CBD during their backgrounds," he said. "What we are finding is someone who might rub a product containing CBD oil on their elbow or knee before going out for a run." Police Officers now can purchase/use over the counter CBD products that contain less than 0.3% Non Detectable/ Non Psychoactive levels of THC. It's the same amount of THC allowable under a 2018 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump, which effectively legalized hemp production and led to the proliferation of over-the-counter CBD products, from gummies to tinctures to dog treats.

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