Background Investigation

Does CDCR consider marijuana an illegal drug?

Marijuana is listed as a Schedule 1 drug under the United States Code Controlled Substances Act and has no accepted medical use under federal law. Any candidate for a state civil service peace officer class who is discovered to have used a drug listed as Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 under the Controlled Substances Act, including marijuana used for medicinal or recreational purposes, may be eliminated from the peace officer selection process depending on the recency of use and drug/s used.

Federal law prohibits those who use marijuana from possessing any firearm or ammunition.