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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY January 2018 | Archived Issues

Drug-Free Workplace Rules Unaltered by Marijuana Law

With a new state law that now allows for the use of non-medical use of marijuana, Cedars-Sinai officials are reminding staff that the organization's longstanding policy of a drug- and alcohol-free workplace remains in effect.

As of Jan. 1, Prop. 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), allows the sale of non-medical marijuana through stores licensed by the state to individuals 21 years old and older.

With so-called recreational marijuana now legal here, Andy Ortiz, senior vice president of Human Resources and Organization Development, said it was important that staff remember Cedars-Sinai's longstanding guidelines.

"While the law makes it acceptable to possess and use marijuana recreationally, the mere fact of this law does not create an exception to Cedars-Sinai's organization-wide drug-free and alcohol-free workplace policy and its non-smoking policy," he said. "The use of recreational marijuana is strictly prohibited within Cedars-Sinai Health System, including by employees, patients and visitors."

If you have any questions, please refer to Cedars-Sinai's Drug-Free and Alcohol-Free Workplace policy or contact your HR Business Partner. You also may contact Work & Life Matters.