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    HR Policies and Guidelines – December 2012
    Re: Marijuana Initiative (I-502) and Tobacco Policy

    Marijuana (I-502)

    District employees should be aware that the passage of Initiative 502, decriminalizing marijuana at the state level, does not affect the District’s “Drug-Free Schools, Community, & Workplace” policy (Policy No. 5201). As a recipient of federal funding, the District is subject to the terms of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Controlled Substances Act, which defines marijuana as an illegal drug. Under these laws, the District prohibits the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, and use of a controlled substance on District property, on District-sponsored transportation, or at District-sponsored events.

    Even with the passage of Initiative 502, marijuana remains a controlled substance (a Schedule I drug) under federal law.

    The District is committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free workplace in order to provide a safe and productive work and educational environment for all of our staff, students, and visitors.

    Please be reminded that:

    • District policy prohibits staff from reporting to their workplace or being on district property while possessing or under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, including marijuana.
    • Violations of the District’s Drug-Free Schools policy may subject an employee to disciplinary action.
    The District’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to provide confidential and free drug and alcohol abuse information and treatment resources. EAP may be reached at 252-4800.

    Tobacco Policy

    The District adopted a revised Tobacco-Free Environment Policy No. 4215 in 2011. The policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products on District property, on District-sponsored transportation, and at District-sponsored events by staff, students, and visitors, which includes but is not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.

    The District has a corresponding procedure related to supported interventions for students who use tobacco on school property (e.g., in cars or on fields) or for students (under age 18) who possess tobacco on District property, on District-sponsored transportation, and at District-sponsored events. Procedure 4215SP is linked on the School Board Policy Page for Series 4000.

    For questions on student tobacco interventions, please contact Lisa Sharp at 252-0859.

    For employees interested in quitting smoking, please contact EAP at 252-4800 for information and resources.