Regardless of a student, employee, parent or any individual’s status as a medical marijuana licenses holder, marijuana is not allowed on the premises of the district or in any school vehicle or any vehicle transporting a student under any circumstances. While the use of medical marijuana in conjunction with the possession of a medical marijuana license is legal in the State of Oklahoma, marijuana is a prohibited controlled substance under federal law regardless of the use being for medical purposes. Accordingly, possession of marijuana by a student, employee, parent or any individual, notwithstanding the possession of a medical marijuana license, is strictly prohibited while on the premises of the district and in school vehicles; going to and from sponsored functions, events, and athletic activities which occur in a location other than the premises of the district; utilizing district equipment or transportation; and in any other instance in connection with the district where the district reasonably deems the possession of marijuana to be illegal.
In the event that a student, employee, parent or any individual is found to possess or to have possessed marijuana in any of the instances stated above, the district will proceed with all actions and consequences that are afforded under any state or federal law, employment contract, district policy, student handbook provision, or any other authority applicable to or adopted by the district.
The terms “marijuana” and “possession of marijuana” will be interpreted by the district in accordance with state and federal law. The term “marijuana” includes, but is not limited to, any form of marijuana; all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; marijuana seeds; marijuana oil, extract, resin, or residue; cannabidiol in any form; and marijuana edibles. Any conflict between state and federal law as to the definition of “marijuana” or “possession of marijuana” will be interpreted in favor of federal law.
There will be no discrimination in the district because of an individual’s status as medical marijuana license holder.
Overlap With Other District Policies
The district recognizes that the legal aspects and consequences of medical marijuana are new and possibly subject to change. These legal aspects and consequences of medical marijuana effect many areas of the district’s current policies regarding employees, students, parents and individuals on district premises or attending district events. The district will continue to enforce its current adopted policies. As the need arises with changes in state and/or federal law, the district will consider and/or examine district policies in order to assess whether revisions, if any, may be needed to a district policy in order to comply with state and federal law.
Employees of the district are expected to comply with state and federal law at all times as a term of their continued employment with the district. In that regard, employees are herby notified that any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal or recreational purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. See Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) open letter to all federal firearms licensees (https://www.atf.gov/file/6021 1/download). Employees are expected to adhere to any and all open letters, formal opinions, directives, or any other instruction provided by federal or state agencies regarding state and/or federal law.