I’ve heard that some states now allow people to use marijuana recreationally. Does this mean that commercial truck drivers can also use drugs?

No. Thankfully, it does not!

The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration addressed this concern in a press release. The agency unequivocally states that truck drivers cannot use marijuana.

Some states have recently passed initiatives to permit marijuana use for “recreational” purposes. The FMCSA was asked whether these state initiatives would have an impact on the Department of Transportation’s regulation about the use of marijuana by transportation employees in key positions, such as pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, ship captains, and others.

The FMCSA reports that the state initiatives will have no bearing on any regulated drug testing program. Because federal regulations do not authorize the use of marijuana for any reason, medical review officers will not verify a drug test as negative upon learning that the employee used recreational marijuana. The drug remains an unacceptable substance for any safety-sensitive employee to use.

While that information is, no doubt, reassuring, the fact remains that many truck drivers are dangerous enough, even without taking drugs. Truck drivers can cause serious accidents, resulting in horrific injuries to the victims. If you got hurt in a trucking accident or if your loved one got hurt or died in a truck crash, call our Virginia truck accident lawyers. You may reach our firm, Lewis & Tompkins, P.C., by calling 202-296-0666 or by filling out our online contact form. One of our lawyers will speak with you about your potential case.

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