Security News – 2018

Cannabidiol (CBD) product use prohibited (Sandia Daily News Article dated April 30, 2018)

*** Announcement – July 2, 2018***

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) prohibits the use, possession, sale, distribution, purchase, trafficking or manufacture of illegal drugs on SNL controlled property, or possession of any amount of any illegal drug while in the performance of SNL business. In addition, off-site involvement with illegal drugs including conviction of drug related offenses, which impacts SNL’s reputation in any way prejudicial to SNL, may be the basis for termination.

More than a year ago, the Drug Enforcement Administration added marijuana extracts to its list of Schedule 1 drugs. Cannabidiol (CBD) and CBD oils are considered extracts. Because they are becoming more prevalent, our drug-testing team and Ethics Advisory & Investigation Services have seen an increase in questions about use of the substance. DOE prohibits the use of Schedule 1 drugs, so regardless of state and local laws, Sandia subcontractors are prohibited from using them.

CBD products are used for a variety of purposes, including massage oils, treatments by chiropractors and other wellness providers, and even some beauty products. Be a savvy consumer and check labels to ensure the product you’re using doesn’t contain CBD extracts. Disclose up front to massage therapists or others who may suggest a CBD product that you are prohibited from using them.

Subcontractor personnel who used one of these products, are required to report it as part of the DOE and Sandia Reporting Requirements.

Some of the most common questions are posted below. I encourage you to review them and learn more.

Our drug and alcohol policy is designed to meet DOE requirements, maintain public safety, and safeguard national security by maintaining a drug-free workplace. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about your role and responsibilities in this effort. For updates view our What’s New webpage. For questions, contact Security Connection at 505-845-1321 or email or Dean Klassy, Drug Testing Program Administration @ 505-844-5668.


Question: Why are CBD extracts considered a Schedule 1 drug when they don’t contain THC?

Answer: We cannot speak on behalf of the Drug Enforcement Administration but note that even products labeled THC free can contain THC up to 7 percent depending on the state. The DEA website states: “As the scientific literature indicates, cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), cannabinols (CBN) and cannabidiols (CBD), are found in the parts of the cannabis plant that fall within the CSA definition of marijuana, such as the flowering tops, resin, and leaves.”

Question: Does Sandia’s drug testing program screen for CBD extracts?

Answer: We screen for THC, which many CBD extracts contain (even those labeled THC free). The more important point is that it is federally illegal to use CBD extracts.

DOE revised form DOE F 5631.29,  Security Termination Statement and Security Termination Briefing (SEC225)

*** Announcement – May 30, 2018***

DOE has published a revision dated 04/2018 to DOE Form 5631.29, Security Termination Statement and Security Termination Statement (SEC225). A copy of the updated form is attached and can also be located at the Security Toolcart. All other editions are obsolete and will no longer be accepted as of June 1, 2018. Questions to  Security Connection at or call 505-845-1321 from any phone.