Alaska: Most State Employees Can Use Marijuana Off The Job

Article by James Brooks, Morris News Service via Alaska Journal

Man riding in an office chair and gesturing joy isolated on whit job

Tera Ollila was smiling when she became one of the first people to legally buy marijuana in Juneau.

When it came time to talk to a reporter, her smile faded.

“Do you have to use my name?” she asked before granting permission.

Ollila, like some of those waiting in line Wednesday and Friday at Rainforest Farms, is a state employee, and while she believed state regulations allowed her to buy marijuana without threatening her job, she wasn’t 100 percent sure.

The state of Alaska’s official drug-free workplace policy, last updated in 2012 (two years before voters legalized marijuana), states: “Classified employees and appointed officials are prohibited from engaging in the improper or unlawful use manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of alcohol or a controlled substance on state property, in the workplace or while in performance of official duties.”

In other words, no using marijuana on the job and don’t be high on the job, including on a work-related trip.

Otherwise, as long as you’re not intoxicated at work, what happens at home stays at home.

There are a few exceptions are for what the state calls “safety-sensitive positions” regulated by the federal government. Those include (but are not limited to) many ferry system workers and people with commercial driver’s licenses.

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