During the 2021 NM legislative session, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Cannabis Regulation Act, legalizing the use and possession of recreational marijuana beginning June 29. The legislation also allows for the sale of recreational marijuana to begin by April 1, 2022, at state-licensed dispensaries.
How does this impact the UNM community? It won’t. UNM is still a drug-free campus. This means that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances or alcohol on University property or as part of any University activities by any member of the University community is strictly prohibited. See Regents Policy Manual 2.6 Drug Free Environment for more information.
Additionally, UNM employees who are subject to pre-employment, random, and suspected impairment drug/alcohol testing should refrain from using cannabis altogether as it could impact their conditions of employment.
Employees who are not subject to the drug testing program (not performing safety sensitive duties) are still not allowed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while performing work for UNM- whether it be on a UNM campus, a designated UNM work location, property or while working remotely.
Any employee who may appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be sent for Reasonable Suspicion Testing.