The rise of CBD merchandise has sparked a brand new query in regulation enforcement circles:

How ought to police departments deal with aspiring cops who admit to utilizing or take a look at optimistic for CBD (cannabidiol), the lively ingredient in cannabis recognized for its soothing qualities?

CBD, not like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), just isn’t psychoactive. Learn: It doesn’t get you excessive.

Nonetheless, the board that regulates police certifications in Arizona has traditionally regarded the usage of over-the-counter CBD merchandise — resembling balms for aches and pains — the identical as pot you’d discover in a medical marijuana dispensary.

Till final month.

On June 19, the Arizona Peace Officer Requirements and Coaching Board (AZPOST) issued an announcement clarifying that it “doesn’t view the use or possession of over-the-counter merchandise containing CBD as constituting the unlawful use or possession of marijuana, a harmful drug, or a narcotic drug.”

Matt Giordano, the manager director of AZPOST, mentioned CBD has been broadly mentioned since he began his job in 2018. In a memo explaining the coverage directive, Giordano mentioned would-be officers utilizing CBD merchandise aren’t making an attempt to get blitzed.

“Police businesses have seen a rise within the variety of candidates which have disclosed the usage of merchandise containing CBD throughout their backgrounds,” he mentioned. “What we’re discovering is somebody who may rub a product containing CBD oil on their elbow or knee earlier than going out for a run.”

CBD merchandise containing greater than .three % THC that have been bought at a dispensary wouldn’t fall beneath the exemption. AZ POST will proceed to ban medical marijuana merchandise above that threshold.

It is the identical quantity of THC allowable beneath a 2018 Farm Invoice signed by President Donald Trump, which successfully legalized hemp manufacturing and led to the proliferation of over-the-counter CBD merchandise, from gummies to lotion to canine treats.

In an electronic mail, Giordano mentioned his workplace couldn’t find any instances through which a cop was denied certification for CBD use.

Haziness over CBD has additionally raised questions on the opposite aspect of regulation enforcement in Arizona. In October, Phoenix New Instances printed a report revealing that the Yavapai County Lawyer’s Workplace charged two folks with marijuana possession in 2017 for having CBD oil.

A kind of charged, Robert Stapleton, tried to elucidate to the Prescott Valley officer who pulled him over how the CBD vape pen in his automotive was completely different than a product containing a better focus of THC.

The officer phoned a deputy legal professional and requested how he ought to deal with the case.

“Deal with the CBD as marijuana as an alternative of a narcotic,” the prosecutor informed the cop.