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A New York City police officer has been reinstated to his job despite failing a drug test in which traces of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, were detected. The officer, Russel Kain, successfully argued that it was his use of legal hemp oil, and not marijuana, that led to the positive test result. While reinstating Kain, the New York City police department has also changed its policy and will now forbid the use by any officer of any product -- legal or not -- which contains THC.

Bruce Farr, dismissed last year from his post as associate warden at Corcoran State Prison by the California Department of Corrections, was named this week as associate warden of High Desert State Prison, a new, maximum security prison in the California State system. Farr was fired from his post at Corcoran for condoning the use of excessive force, incompetence, and inexcusable neglect of duty. Farr appealed his firing and had his punishment reduced to a year's suspension.

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