One toke over the line? Testing for marijuana impairment not ready to hit the roadPosted by On


For this month’s column, I want to discuss something that I’m sure nobody in the industry has ever addressed (place tongue firmly in cheek here). We’re going to talk about marijuana and the trucking industry. (Yes, I know others have talked about the subject at great length — hence, the tongue-in-cheek reference.)

Now, before you all start jumping to conclusions about me, there are a few things you need to understand. First, I went to college in the ’80s (read into that whatever you want). Second, I want our roads to be safe at all times and our industry’s drivers to be the safest on the road. With that in mind, I have no tolerance for drunk drivers, stoned drivers, distracted drivers or drivers who do not act or drive like a professional. Honestly, I just don’t.

So, with that said, how do we reconcile the current state of the world in regard to recreational/medical marijuana usage and trucking?

Quite simply, I am not sure we can, at least not right now.

As background, and according to a recent ATRI report, 49.8% of the general population — and 41.4% percent of truck drivers — live in a state where recreational marijuana use is legal. These figures are up from 24.5% and 18.5% from 2019. In addition, according to ATRI, 59% of Americans support both medical and recreational marijuana legalization, while only 10% are opposed to any form of marijuana legalization.

However, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug. This classification includes heroin,…

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