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October 23, 2009  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

Medical marijuana still off-limits for bus drivers


WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice on Thursday to clarify that medical marijuana remains forbidden for safety-sensitive transportation employees, including school bus drivers.

The clarification comes in light of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recently issued guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that allow medical use of marijuana. The guidelines say that federal resources should not be used to prosecute people who use or sell medical marijuana in compliance with state laws.

The DOT said it had received several inquiries about whether the DOJ guidelines have an impact on the DOT's regulation on marijuana.

"We want to make it perfectly clear that the DOJ guidelines will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation's regulated drug testing program," said Jim Swart, director of the DOT's Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance. "It remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation's drug testing regulations to use marijuana."

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I'm not sure how testing could be conducted to determine whether a driver was "high" at the time of the test or accident or what have you, which for me is the real issue, not whether the person has used marijuana in the past 24 hours or in the past month. I wonder if there is such a method?

Robert Binford    |    Dec 22, 2009 01:07 PM

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