Monday, March 14, 2016
Federal guidelines are expected to be published this year allowing motor carriers to conduct hair-follicle drug test on drivers. Hair testing has a longer detection window and provides a 90 day drug use history. However, due to the slow growth of hair, it can not detect very recent drug use, and therefore cannot be used for reasonable suspicion or post accident drug testing. Urine drug testing which has a 2-3 day detection period for drug use will still be needed in cases when recent drug use is in question.
Enhanced Drug Testing for Commercial Drivers Coming This Year
Sunday, March 13, 2016
With regards to legalized marijuana and it's use in safety sensitive transportation employees (pilots, aircraft maintenance personnel, ship captains, bus and truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, transit fire-armed security and pipeline emergency response personnel and others, the DOT has made it clear that its Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation-49CFR Part 40 does NOT authorize medical marijuana under state law to be a valid medical explanation for a transportation employee's positive drug test result. In other words, those who have asked this question or wondered about it, NO you will not be "excused" if you have a positive drug test for marijuana if you are a safety sensitive employee, regardless if it's legal in your state.
DOT 'Medical' Marijuana Notice - Department of Transportation
Sunday, March 6, 2016
What are the ramifications of legalizing marijuana in states already plagued with drug epidemics such as Vermont with it's opiate abuse epidemics? What lessons can be learned from "pot tourism"in Colorado, such as increased complications and related deaths as well as spillage onto neighboring states?
Column: Be Wary on Pot, Vermont