Transportation Department Reminds Workers They Can’t Use Marijuana And Cautions Against CBD

Transportation Department Reminds Workers They Can’t Use Marijuana And Cautions Against CBD
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The Department of Transportation (DOT) is reiterating that the workforce it regulates is prohibited from using marijuana and will continue to be tested for THC, regardless of state cannabis policy. In a July newsletter from DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the agency included two sections on cannabis issues: the first reminds employees that they’re barred from using marijuana—regardless of state legalization—and gives an update on DOT drug testing trends. The second warns that while hemp-derived CBD may be federally legal, such products remain unregulated and could contain THC levels that are detectable in a drug test. “Recently, some states and local governments have passed legislation prohibiting employers from testing for marijuana,” the bulletin states. “FTA employers are reminded that state and local legislative initiatives have no bearing on DOT regulated testing programs. Marijuana is still a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.” Cannabis remains “unacceptable” for federally regulated truck drivers, train operators and other safety-sensitive workers, the agency wrote. That said, the newsletter also highlights data signaling that more workers are being afforded a second chance to return to work after an initial drug violation instead of being fired on the spot. “One of the potentially telling statistics is the increase in both the number of Return-to-Duty (RTD) tests conducted and the number of FTA-covered employers performing this type of test,” it says. “This data indicates a trend toward a ‘second-chance’ policy versus a ‘zero tolerance’/termination policy following a DOT drug violation.” Via FTA. The data doesn’t disaggregate drug tests, so it’s unclear what portion related to marijuana violations, but federal cannabis testing policies have been increasingly criticized, both because metabolites of the drug can stay in a person’s system for weeks after consumption and because the policy itself can deter qualified people from applying for…

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