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Alaska Marijuana Update!

Attention:  TSS Consortium Membership & Affiliates

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With the advent of legalized sales of marijuana happening within some states, it is important to recognize that many of you will now have retail sales of marijuana in your area. Retail stores will soon begin to sell marijuana, marijuana food products and other associated items. Why does this matter to you? If you are a Department of Transportation employer, you are still under federal guidelines and must adhere to zero tolerance. If you are a non-DOT employer, you have some protections and rights afforded to you to still say no to marijuana in your workplace. Regardless of where you stand on the matter, one thing is certain, employers and employees need to have solid communication on this issue right away. I recommend the following:

  1. Review your policy. Most policies are in serious need of revision. If you have not updated it in the past 12 months. Do so now. If you need assistance or would like for TSS staff to perform a complimentary review, send it electronically to
  2. Have supervisors attend training. We offer Tuesday Trainings via webinar on a regular basis. A schedule for upcoming training is attached. It is extremely important to update yourself and your supervisors on changes. TSS staff can also come to your location to facilitate larger groups from your organization. Call the office nearest you to schedule personalized training.
  3. Hold employee meetings. TALK about your expectations and go over your policy. Every employee should annually sign in to a meeting about your drug and alcohol policy. They should sign receipt of a copy of that policy. In legalized states, this is extremely important in protecting the employer in the event of litigation. Don’t be the test case, do it right.

To date, employers rights are explicitly protected in some states and limited in others. KNOW your state laws on the employer rights. TSS staff can help answer those questions for you and provide guidance on how best to write your policy to be in compliance with state and federal laws. As always, your attorney can also assist and should review any and all changes that you make to your policy.

This is very important. Please pay special attention and prepare well. We want your business to be successful, and more importantly, safe. We stand ready to help you achieve both.


Renee Schofield, CEO
TSS, Inc