As 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, details on federal drug policy for employees and contractors are becoming hazier.
Both federal employees and contractors are still subject to the Drug Free Workplace Act, which says that companies that receive a federal contract of $100,000 or more and organizations that receive a federal grant of any size must maintain a drug-free policy.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), along with a specific contract clause, defines the terms and conditions of companies’ drug policies. The terms themselves haven’t been updated in years, but the application of these regulations are slowly evolving, said Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel for the Professional Services Council.
Still, that evolution brings up some serious questions for the federal contracting community. Here are four things to remember about the Drug Free Workplace Act.