Maine police department will now hire recruits who recently used marijuana

Medible review maine police department will now hire recruits who recently used marijuana
Medible review maine police department will now hire recruits who recently used marijuana 1

PORTLAND, Maine — Police in Portland, Maine will now consider new recruits who are non-citizens and who have recently used marijuana.

The Portland Press Herald reports the city’s police department is loosening its hiring policies during a time when departments across the state are struggling to find new recruits.

The department says non-citizen candidates qualify if they have a permanent right to work in the U.S. Marijuana users will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Democratic Mayor Ethan Strimling approved the changes, saying he doesn’t believe “mistakes a person made in the past should hinder that person from getting a job.”

New officers in the city had an average annual salary of $54,000 including benefits. Police union contracts include a 10 percent raise over the next three years.

Information from: Portland Press Herald

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