Background Investigation

Does CDCR consider marijuana an illegal drug?

The use of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes is considered illegal drug use as mandated by the federal government.  

CDCR recognizes some qualified applicants may have used illegal drugs, or abused legal drugs or substances, at some point in their past;  application of CDCR’s drug use policy guidelines, in conjunction with case-by-case analysis, will determine if an applicant’s prior drug usage or activity will result in the applicant’s non-selection for employment with the CDCR.  All applicants are required to disclose their current and past drug usage and activity.  An applicant will not be selected for employment if he or she deliberately misrepresents his or her drug history in connection with his or her application for employment.

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