In the mail

The Postal Service is reminding employees that customers are permitted to send certain hemp-based products in the mail when in compliance with all applicable laws.

A cannabis-derived substance with tetrahydrocannabinol content of 0.3 percent or less is legally hemp. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the flower resin of cannabis plants, which include hemp and marijuana.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. It also clarified that interstate commerce of hemp is permitted and created a process for each state to regulate hemp production and distribution.

USPS policy permits substances that satisfy the legal definition of hemp and hemp-based products — including CBD — to be mailed to domestic destinations and destinations within U.S. territories.

To do so, under Publication 52, Section 453, the mailer must:

• Comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws pertaining to hemp production, processing, distribution and sales

• Retain records establishing compliance with such laws, including laboratory test results, licenses or compliance reports, for no less than two years after the date of mailing

Mailers are not required to obtain prior authorization from the Postal Service, whose employees are not responsible for the mailer’s compliance.

Hemp and hemp-derived products are not permitted to be mailed to international or military destinations.

If you have questions, email the Pricing and Classification Service Center or contact your local Postal Inspection Service office.

Community connections

In a special video message, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and National Association of Letter Carriers President Frederic Rolando celebrate the Customer Connect program passing $3 billion in annualized revenue.

Letter carriers have “gone the extra mile, grown the business through great service and helped the organization compete for customers,” DeJoy says in the video.

Established in 2003, Customer Connect is a joint program between USPS and the National Association of Letter Carriers that encourages carriers to identify sales opportunities for the organization.

“You are often the only connection many of our customers have with the Postal Service,” Rolando says. “Your advice and recommendations are highly valued.”

The Customer Connect video, which USPS released Jan. 11, is available on Link and other postal websites.

Dress warmly

Postal worker walks along sidewalk after snowfall

The Postal Service wants employees to dress warmly when working outside during winter weather.

To prevent cold-weather-related injuries, three light layers are ideal:

• An inner layer for wicking moisture away from your body;
• A middle layer to insulate you from the cold; and
• An outer layer that repels wind, snow and rain and can be removed as needed.

Also: Protect your hands, neck and face. Wear warm, waterproof shoes or boots. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause your body to lose heat, which puts you at risk for hypothermia or frostbite.

Employees should always dress appropriately for the weather and notify their supervisors immediately if they experience any weather-related issues.

The Safety Blue page has more information, including Safety Depends on Me videos on working in winter weather.

Gift of time

If you want to contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign but your budget is tight after the holidays, don’t worry. There are other ways to give.

The campaign, also known as the CFC, allows federal employees, retirees and contractors to contribute to more than 6,000 charitable organizations.

Many CFC member charities allow people to pledge volunteer hours instead of financial contributions. During the coronavirus pandemic, contact-free volunteer opportunities are available.

The deadline to pledge — whether it’s financial, volunteer hours or both — is Jan. 15.

You can make pledges using the online CFC Donor Pledging System or by downloading a paper form. Once you’ve filled out your form, submit it to a CFC keyworker in your workplace or mail it to: CFC Processing Center, PO Box 7820, Madison, WI 53707-7820.

The CFC Blue page has more information about the campaign and ways to contribute.

Don’t miss out

Is keeping up with Postal Service news one of your resolutions for 2021?

Link mobile can help.

A mobile-friendly version of the Link website, Link mobile offers news reports, feature stories and informational videos, including the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

The site is particularly helpful to craft employees and others who don’t have regular access to postal computers but want to stay informed.

Link mobile covers other postal news, too, including updates on labor contracts, new products and services, and stamp releases.

To read the site, go to www.usps.link, where you can also subscribe to weekly emails with the latest Link highlights.