Drug Question About Holding A Cdl But Not Using It.

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Andrew H.'s Comment
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So I recently left my job as a trucker and I live in a state where marijuana is legal. I don't have any intention to give up my cdl , nor will I ever drive while high. So can I smoke? There's no reason I would be tested by the DOT and that's the only test that would screw me right?

Thanks for any answers.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

murderspolywog's Comment
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I would be very careful with this. Federally it's still agenst the law, do they have a legal limit or anything. Because if you were invaled in a crash or something, not high. But still with drugs in your system. They might look at that as failing a drug test because of your cdl. Intel the feds make it legal I would avoid doing it. But that's just me.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Andrew H.'s Comment
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Well besides an accident which is highly unlikely for me, any other reasoning?

Tractor Man's Comment
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Well besides an accident which is highly unlikely for me, any other reasoning?

What if someone is stoned and runs into you?

Phil C.'s Comment
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Ok so it goes like this. This is assuming you are NOT driving commercially, and will not need to pass a 6 month hair folicle test or do a UA for at least a month+. You will not be **** tested by the police, that's a company and insurance thing, so you can go ahead and smoke weed. Colorado for example has a breathalyzer test for weed or a blood test, and its a DUI if you're driving stoned with weed on your breath or in your blood, so its recommended not to smoke an hour or more before you drive. That's long enough to pass the DUI for weed breathalyzer. I think the legal limit for blood is 5 nanograms. Since weed stays in your **** for a month or more, there's no way to use **** to prove you were high at the time of an accident for example. That's why they use a breathalyzer or a swab or a blood test. I'm not sure if there are lower limits for commercial drivers or if the lower limit applies to your personal vehicle or not. But you are ok to smoke some as long as you don't smoke it then drive. At least in Colorado, other states will have similar rules. Eventually it will be just like alcohol and **** tests will be a thing of the past for weed.

Phil

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Phil C.'s Comment
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forgot link

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

David's Comment
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Requardless of what you drive; car, truck, bus, bike..... your considered a "Professional" driver with that CDL... if you get pulled over and the cop, whether its a city, state or DOT , can give you a UA test if they deem it may convict.. As I said, im not positive about it. I know any level of BAC is grounds for 24hrs in holding in personal vehicle or truck...

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Rick S.'s Comment
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So I recently left my job as a trucker and I live in a state where marijuana is legal. I don't have any intention to give up my cdl , nor will I ever drive while high. So can I smoke? There's no reason I would be tested by the DOT and that's the only test that would screw me right?

Thanks for any answers.

Downgrade your CDL to a regular operators license and smoke away. Then you won't have to keep your med card current either.

BUT - there's a "grey area" on the DOT Med Long Form - question 31 "Have you used an illegal substance in the last two years".

Keep in mind - this is a FEDERAL FORM. They don't care if you live in a state where it's legal - it is still FEDERALLY ILLEGAL.

Also keep in mind - if yer puffin on yur hash oil vape-stick all day long (like my brother in Portland Or. does) - you will be 30-60 to pass a urine, and 6-9 to pass a hair follicle test at those saturation levels.

If you decide to climb back into a truck - you're not going to be able to use the "it's legal where I live" excuse - and you can pretty much kiss any trucking career buh-bye, once you've failed a DOT Drug screen.

I ain't judging here, or saying that dope-smoking-hippies should be driving trucks. Just stating the facts and rules.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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