The Portland Press Herald recently reported that the Portland Police Department, in a time when finding new recruits is becoming increasingly more difficult, is considering loosening it's hiring policies to include non citizens and people who have used marijuana.

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Mayor Ethan Strimling approved the changes, and said he doesn't believe mistakes a person made in the past should hinder that person from getting a job.

The police department says non citizens qualify if they have a permanent right to work in the U.S. while marijuana users will be considered on a case by case basis.