Can Truckers Smoke Pot or Not? FMCSA and DOT Weigh in on Marijuana Use Among Transportation Employees
By Elisa Reed·January 31, 2013·-THE DEBATE CONTINUES….
The Department of Transport (DOT) recently issued a statement to address concerns swirling around medical (and recreational) marijuana use among truck drivers, school bus drivers, pilots and other “safety-sensitive transportation employees.” According to the notice, DOT will continue to enforce its zero tolerance policy, which includes a regulated drug testing program. DOT fully expressed its position, leaving nothing to open to interpretation:
“We want to make it perfectly clear that the DOJ guidelines will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program. We will not change our regulated drug testing program based upon these guidelines to Federal prosecutors.”