Chicago, IL asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Military Law for Wisconsin

Q: I am interested in joining the army reserves. Marijuana is may be in my system. I want to go to Military Entrance though

I want to go to Military Entrance with honesty of what's in my system but I don't believe it should fairly disqualify me, as per with a doctor I can prove the upkeep of a drug free workplace by testing more frequently proving it is getting out of my system. I have taken all of the knowledge tests and have passed already I just need to not set myself up for failure and possible disqualification. They offer benefits to the citizens of this country and I have not broken any laws. I fully understand a drug free workplace however, this is the Military. I need law on my side so that I can go finish signing up regardless of the current level of marijuana in my system as per it can be proven that it is coming out of my system. I do not intend to wait until it is out of my system in a trial and error situation. I just want to make an agreement with Military Entrance that if marijuana remains in my system during the time of acception, that would be the only fair way to disqualify me.

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Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison
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A: No, this is not possible. The military has policies regarding what drugs are tested for as part of the military entrance process. Currently this includes testing for marijuana. if you stop using marijuana early enough before the drug test, you may pass. You should realize that if you are not willing to stop using marijuana now you should not join the military. To my knowledge all components of the US Military regularly conduct random drug testing that includes marijuana. If you think the DoD should change their marijuana policies you could attempt to lobby Congress to pass a law reflecting that. It seems unlikely that is going to happen anytime soon in the current political climate. Good luck.

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