Thanks to a new rule approved on Wednesday, potential police officers will not have to worry as much about past marijuana use.
Starting on June 1, new applicants only have to be marijuana-free for the past three years to qualify as an officer.
The old rule, which was put in place in the 1970s, was much stricter, saying if you had smoked or used marijuana just five times since turning 21, you were disqualified. If you had smoked 20 total times, you couldn't be an officer.
Agencies across the state have been struggling recently to find new recruits and this new rule should help. Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis is the vice chairman of the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission that approved the rule change on Wednesday.