2020 Illinois recreational marijuana legalization: Fermilab and Fermi Research Alliance LLC policy

John Myer

As of Jan. 1, 2020, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational use and possession of marijuana. However, laboratory policies regarding drug and alcohol possession at Fermilab have not changed. Fermilab is a federal site, and while recreational use and possession of marijuana has been legalized in Illinois (and medicinal use by prescription has been legal for several years), marijuana remains a controlled substance under federal law and is therefore prohibited on Fermilab property. This prohibition applies to all areas of the Fermilab site, including the public areas and the Village.

The WDRS Drug and Alcohol Abuse policy states that “it is strictly prohibited to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use any illegal drug or controlled substance while on the laboratory premises” (as defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 812). Because marijuana remains a controlled substance under federal law, it is prohibited under the drug and alcohol abuse policy. Employees in violation of this policy are subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Fermilab and Fermi Research Alliance LLC are committed to maintaining a drug-free environment. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to reach out to the Office of General Counsel.

John Myer is general counsel at Fermilab