Officers Cheech and Chong

And the absurdity of the war on drugs continues.. A new policy change for the Nashville’s Metro Police means that past use of drugs will no longer disqualify applicants from joining the force:

“In an ideal world, we would say that if you’ve used drugs, ran a red light or got a speeding ticket, you can’t be considered,” Deputy Chief Steve Anderson said. “But in today’s society, we know that for use of marijuana, there are not the social stigmas there were 10 or 15 years ago.”

In the past year, 44 applicants were ruled out on past drug use. At least a dozen of those excluded would be eligible under the new policy, department officials said.

You gotta love having the deputy chief of the police admitting that “there are not the social stigmas” for use of marijuana that there once were. Don’t get me wrong — I’m all about this policy change. I’d trust my pot-head friends to wield the authority of the state before I’d let, say, an alcoholic. But it definitely increases the sheer surreality for those that will be busted for a “crime” by an officer who may have been tokin’ it up with the best of them before he joined the force.

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