What Proposal 1’s passage means for U-M employees


Election Day in Michigan brought the passage of Proposal 1, legalizing marijuana use by adults for recreational purposes.

However, the new state law will not change University of Michigan policy or federal law, both of which prohibit the possession and use of marijuana on university premises, and in the conduct of university business away from campus.

As a recipient of federal funds, U-M is required by federal law to maintain drug-free campuses and workplaces. Those federal laws take precedence over state law.

Therefore, the use, possession or cultivation of marijuana in any form and for any purpose continues to violate the U-M Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and is prohibited at the university.

U-M is committed to providing a safe, healthy community for students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors. The Alcohol and Other Drug Policy is reviewed annually as part of the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, and is distributed annually to all employees and students.



  1. Gustavo Rosania
    on November 8, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    This article is nonsense: it is a very narrow, uninformed perspective on what the passage of Proposal 1 means for this University. We are en educational institution. Our mission is centered on service, education and research. Please make the title of this article more specific -like “What the Passage of Proposal 1 Means for University of Michigan “Employees” – or become more informed about what Passage of Proposal 1 actually means, in terms of its scientific, industry, business, legal, social, political, public health and other implications. . We have plenty of knowledgeable faculty -scholars who have been studying Cannabis and who are very informed about Cannabis and what the passage of proposal 1 actually means, including myself.
    Gus R. Rosania, PhD. Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. grosania@umich.edu

    • University Record
      on November 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      The headline has been amended for clarification.

  2. Kirsten Herold
    on December 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    So what about folks who have a medical marijuana card? They are not breaking any laws. Won’t the U be in violation of the ADA if you seek to discipline such employees?

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