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Letter To The Editor: Cautions About Hemp/Cannabis

on July 14, 2017 - 8:24am
Los Alamos

Saying it’s legal (hemp) cannabis is at least misleading and may end up getting someone fired and/or arrested (link). It is legal by New Mexico law but is still a federal crime and the current administration has made it clear they will go after users/sellers even if the state says it’s OK with it.

LANL also has a no-tolerance policy for drugs, so first offense can lead to immediate termination. While the article says that it’s unlikely to show up in testing, they also cover themselves by saying they don’t guarantee it and you can be sure that LANL won’t take an excuse of “they told me it wouldn’t show up on any tests”.

While I personally have no issues with (hemp) cannabis use in these forms or by smoking it (as long as it isn’t around me) and believe that it can have medicinal uses, it’s definitely a case where the potential users should check with their employer before trying it and know the local laws about use (DUI applies to drugs and alcohol).

Better to be informed by your employer that it’s OK than to find out the hard way that it isn’t.