Anchorage, Alaska Proposal Would Relax Cannabis Policies for Most City Employees

October 9, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

City officials in Anchorage, Alaska are considering exempting some city employees from penalties for cannabis use, Must Read Alaska reports. Instead of termination, employees who test positive for cannabis will be offered counseling and addiction treatment.  

According to the proposed ordinance text, the purpose of the ordinance “is to repeal and replace the Municipality of Anchorage’s drug testing policy, specifically shifting from a punitive policy to a health-centered approach.”  

“It also substantially changes the policy regarding the testing of marijuana for municipal employees. With the changing legal landscape surrounding marijuana in Alaska and the evolving understanding of individual liberty and privacy interests, it is time to reevaluate our drug testing policy,” the ordinance states. “This proposal aims to remove marijuana testing for most municipal employees, aligning with the state’s stance on marijuana legalization while still maintaining safety standards for safety-sensitive positions, as defined by the Department of Transportation.” 

The ordinance does not explicitly outline what would be considered a safety-sensitive position; however, it does note that some jobs regulated by the federal Department of Transportation (USDOT) mandate drug testing for cannabis and that it is the policy of the Alaska Police Standards Council to prohibit sworn officers from cannabis possession, distribution, and cultivation and that Anchorage police “should remain covered under USDOT testing protocols.” 

The Anchorage Assembly will consider the proposal on Tuesday. (Full Story)

In category:Labor
Tags:
Next Post

Climate Workers Couldn’t Be Fired Over Marijuana In Legal States Under Newly Refiled Congressional Bill

People working in the climate sector would be protected from being fired for testing positive for marijuana if they’re based in a legal state under a newly refiled bill from more than 40 congressional Democrats. The legislation, led by Rep.…
Read
Previous Post

Professional Association Recognizes Cannabis Nursing as a Specialty Practice

The American Nurses Association (ANA) announced last week that it now formally recognizes cannabis nursing as a specialty practice. The professional association, which represents the interests of the more than 5 million nurses in the nation, also noted that cannabis…
Read
Random Post

Poll: Florida Cannabis Legalization Bid Lacks Sufficient Voter Support

The cannabis legalization constitutional amendment set to appear before Florida voters this November does not currently have the necessary support to pass, USA TODAY reports. In a recent poll of more than 1,000 adult Floridians, less than half (49%) responded that they…
Read
Random Post

New Jersey Dispensary Count Nearly Triples in 2023

New Jersey added fifty-seven licensed, operational dispensaries in 2023, the first full year of adult-use legalization in the state. When adult-use legislation went into effect in April 2022, only twenty-two recreational dispensaries existed to serve the state’s twenty-one counties and…
Read
Random Post

Martha’s Vineyard Dispensary Sues To Allow Delivery of Cannabis From Massachusetts Mainland

Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts that’s known for its 23 miles of scenic hills and beaches. It’s a popular destination for summer vacationers enjoying the quaint Victorian architecture, as of July 2021, it had one medical…
Read
Random Post

47 Ohio Municipalities So Far Have Banned Adult-Use Cannabis Businesses

At least 47 Ohio municipalities had opted as of March 31 to ban adult-use cannabis operations enabled by the state legalization law passed by voters last year, according to Ohio State University research summarized by Cleveland.com. Ohio’s adult-use cannabis program is…
Read