Legal Aspects of Airport Programs. Topic 15-03. Legal Impacts to Airports from State Legalization of Marijuana

There are 20 states with legalized recreational use of marijuana or other controlled substances, and a vast majority of states allow marijuana for medical use. This impacts all aspects of the airport environment, including employment, contracting, and public safety. This digest would provide airports with guidance and analysis on the impacts of conflict between federal and state laws related to the use of marijuana. This should include: effects of Drug-Free Workplace Act requirements; employment practices, including screening and disciplinary actions; airport badging concerns; contract requirements and impacts for vendors, contractors, and tenants; Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and issues; law enforcement and Fourth Amendment compliance; and an appendix of state laws summarizing the legality of marijuana use and other similar controlled substances as otherwise prohibited by federal law.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $75000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-01, Topic 15-03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Christensen, Jordan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Empennage Consulting

    Orlando, FL  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ravich, Timothy

  • Start Date: 20240000
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240701
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01886951
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-01, Topic 15-03
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 4 2023 12:57PM