The Department of Transportation wants to snidely remind you not to smoke weed. At least if you're a pilot, school bus driver, truck driver, train engineer, subway operator, ship captain, or any other profession that's lorded over by the DOT's "regulation about the use of marijuana by safety?sensitive transportation employees," according to a statement released Dec. 3 by Jim L. Swart, director of the DOT"s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance.
Specifically, Swart references the DOT's Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation - 49 CFR Part 40, along with the random and post-accident drug screenings that come along with it. He plainly states that even after successful marijuana legalization efforts in Washington and Colorado, the DOT still ain't down with weed, whether it be for medical or recreational use.
The statement begins with, "Recently, some states passed initiatives to permit use of marijuana for so-called recreational" purposes.'"
Ah snap. I think you can see where this is going.
According to the DOT's pot statement:
We want to make it perfectly clear that the state initiatives will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation's regulated drug testing program. The Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation - 49 CFR Part 40 - does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.
Therefore, Medical Review Officers (MROs) will not verify a drug test as negative based upon learning that the employee used "recreational marijuana" when states have passed "recreational marijuana" initiatives.
We also firmly reiterate that an MRO will not verify a drug test negative based upon information that a physician recommended that the employee use "medical marijuana" when states have passed "medical marijuana" initiatives.