The top federal employment agency is proposing to revise questions that job applicants must face about past marijuana use “in recognition of changing societal norms” as more states move to legalize cannabis. The move, it says, “may improve the pool of applicants for federal employee and federal contractor positions.”
In a notice set to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) says it’s hoping to consolidate various forms that applicants for federal positions must fill out into a new unified Personnel Vetting Questionnaire (PVQ) that includes refined marijuana questions.
“The proposed information collection will streamline multiple existing information collections, as well as the renewal cycle for them, commensurate with on-going efforts to improve personnel vetting processes and the experience of individuals undergoing personnel vetting,” OPM said.
For now, prospective federal workers are still prohibited from using cannabis regardless of state law, but the office signaled that past marijuana use would be treated with additional discretion compared to other federally illicit substances.
“Questions regarding illegal drug use on the PVQ are divided into separate areas to distinguish between use of marijuana or cannabis derivatives containing THC and use of other illegal drugs or controlled
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