Compared to last year, the active-duty Army has granted a lot more waivers this year for marijuana use.
In 2016 there were 191 waivers compared to over 500 this year.
The head of the Army’s recruiting command, Maj. Gen. Jeff Snow commented, “Provided they understand that they cannot do that when they serve in the military, I will waive that all day long.”
According to Snow, this number will even rise more as more states legalize or decriminalize the drug.
Data has also shown that in 2017, more than 8,000 recruits received waivers compared to 6,700 last year. These waivers were mostly concerning physical and mental health however.
So far eight states in the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia have fully legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use in adults.