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    Air Force Accepted Dozens of New Recruits Who Tested Positive for THC Under New Program

    Air Force Accepted Dozens of New Recruits Who Tested Positive for THC Under New Program

    In late September, the Air and Space Force announced a pilot program that would grant certain applicants who test positive for THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana, a chance to retest and possibly join the ranks.

    Air Force recruiting officials told Military.com that they anticipated 50 cases annually, based on previous years. But in the first three months the program was in place — between Sept. 30 and Dec. 31, 2022 — the Air Force Recruiting Service granted waivers to 43 applicants who tested positive for THC.

    Those numbers “could mean as more states adopt more leniency toward cannabis and THC derivatives, we anticipate a continued increase” in waiver requests, Air Force Recruiting Service spokeswoman Chrissy Cuttita told Military.com in an email.

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    Marijuana, although becoming less of a taboo and legalized on a state-by-state basis, remains outlawed on the federal level as a Schedule I drug. While the military has zero tolerance for other Schedule I drugs such as ecstasy, heroin or methamphetamines, recruits in many service branches have received waivers for marijuana as it has grown in popularity.

    Beth J. Asch, a senior economist at the nonprofit Rand Corp. who has researched marijuana waiver policies in the services, told Military.com that two decades of a trend towards legalization is having…

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