U.S. Forest Service (USFS) human resources remind employees on cannabis use

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Another federal agency is reminding employees that they’re prohibited from using marijuana and warning them about the risks of consuming federally unregulated CBD products.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) human resources division posted a notice on Monday that says while cannabis is legal in some form in a majority of states, federal workers “must remain drug-free and refrain from illegal drug use whether on or off duty regardless of state laws.”

“There have been no changes to the panel of drugs contained in the list of Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substance Act,” USFS said.

As such, the agency will continue to randomly test employees who are reasonably suspected of having used marijuana, and those in “Test Designated Positions” will be regularly tested for THC.

“Any employee having a positive drug test result for marijuana (or any other illegal drug), will be subject to mandatory administrative actions…which includes discipline up to removal for the first finding of illegal drug use,” the notice says.

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U.S. Forest Service Reminds Workers Of Federal Marijuana Ban And Warns Against CBD Use

 

 


Several states now allow recreational and or medicinal use of marijuana. However, marijuana is still an illegal drug per federal law. All Forest Service employees must remain drug-free and refrain from illegal drug use whether on or off duty regardless of state laws. There have been no changes to the panel of drugs contained in the list of Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substance Act.

Drug testing

  • Any employee identified for reasonable suspicion drug testing will be tested for marijuana usage.
  • Employees covered under Test Designated Positions will continue to be tested for marijuana. Test Designated Positions generally carry safety or security responsibilities tied to the Forest Service mission. Job functions associated with TDPs relate to public health and safety, the protection of life and property, law enforcement, or national security.
  • Any employee having a positive drug test result for marijuana (or any other illegal drug), will be subject to mandatory administrative actions per DR 4430-792-2, Drug-Free Workplace Program, which includes discipline up to removal for the first finding of illegal drug use.

Caution: Cannabidiol is an active ingredient in cannabis and is not regulated. It can be inaccurately labeled as having no to low levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol, and yet actually contain high levels. If you use CBD, you could test positive for illegal drug use.

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