Substance Abuse Policy Addressing the Off-Duty Use of Legalized Recreational Marijuana [open pdf - 640KB]
"The problem was the Larkspur Fire Protection District (LFPD) did not have a substance abuse policy which adequately addressed the use of legalized marijuana by off-duty employees. The purpose of this descriptive applied research project was to determine the changes needed for the LFPD substance abuse policy to adequately address the use of legalized marijuana by off-duty employees. The three research questions were: a) How does a given group of agencies' leadership personnel view the potential performance impact on employees who may use marijuana while off-duty? b) How does a given group of agencies' leadership personnel view the potential health impact on employees who may use marijuana while off-duty? and c) How does a given group of agencies' substance abuse policies address the potential off-duty use of marijuana by employees? The first procedure consisted of the distribution of a questionnaire to leadership personnel of emergency service organizations nationwide. The second procedure consisted of conducting personal interviews with fire service leadership personnel in states with recreational marijuana legalization and a federal attorney attached to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Research results indicated the LFPD should amend its policies to effectively mitigate the potential negative impacts resulting from off-duty marijuana use by employees."
U.S. Fire Administration. National Fire Academy: https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/