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Group Considering More Lenient Pot Restrictions For Cops

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) -- Marijuana laws have relaxed in Maryland, and Baltimore's top cop thinks it's time to do away with restrictions on police officer candidates who have used the drug.

Commissioner Kevin Davis is the vice chair of the commission that regulates police hiring in Maryland. The group wants a ban lifted that keeps some applicants who admit to smoking marijuana from applying to the police department.

Under the current state policy, people cannot become officers if they used marijuana more than 20 times in their lives, or five times since turning 21 years old.

The Police Training and Standards Commission wants to lift the lifetime limit. It is recommending that only those who have used marijuana in the last three years be disqualified.

The recommendations now go before the public for comment. It must pass a legal review and be approved by top state officials before it can become policy.

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