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Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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I am going through the High Road course and this came in:

Anyone convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle with any amount of drug, substance or compound resulting from unlawful use or consumption of cannabis listed in the Cannabis Control Act or controlled substance listed in the Controlled Substance Act is disqualified for a minimum 12 months.

With the recent legalization of cannabis in some states, how is this going to affect the rules for CDL holders? Now, I am not advocating anything here. But this stuff stays in your system for awhile if you smoke it. And *if* a driver was on his/her time off and partook of some legal weed, chances are it would still be in his/her system when returning to work. And *if* there was a random test waiting upon return to work, there would have to be some explaining to do.

So how is this all going to play out? I'm sure the best policy would be NOT to partake, even if it is legal in some states. But I am sure there may be a bonehead or two out there that may want to push the envelope.


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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
Gerald H. AKA Doc's Comment
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Hi Steven, the reason people are forbidden to use marijuana is although it is legal in many states, it is still not legal by the federal government. everything truck driving is federal government and in reality drugs and 80,000 pounds just doesn't go good together.

Daniel H.'s Comment
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Steven, even if in the future marijuana consumption was legalized by the federal government, I would be willing to bet that it would still be on the list that commercial drivers are not allowed to take. Other than the fact that alcohol leaves the system so fast and does not leave any trace of itself in the hair follicles that it too would be on the list.

TailGunner (Ken M)'s Comment
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There would be No explaining to do. Just pack your stuff and leave.

Animal's Comment
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I agree 100% with TailGunner. I'm sure some folks are going to try the "I was on hometime and it's legal in my state" thing. I am equally sure it will meet: "We know. Still a violation in trucking, though. Clean out your truck and find a way home and it is my duty to inform you we will be reporting a failed drug test to DAC and anyone else that sends a request for information for the next 3 years." As far as the future? I sincerely suspect we will all (even those still in school) be long retired before it will ever be an acceptable if done responsibly indulgence like alcohol is. At least for drivers anyway.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tracey K.'s Comment
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Hi Steven, the reason people are forbidden to use marijuana is although it is legal in many states, it is still not legal by the federal government. everything truck driving is federal government and in reality drugs and 80,000 pounds just doesn't go good together.

No they don't mix. And never will!

Old School's Comment
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Don't be a bonehead!

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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This thread is akin to the Drinking in the Truck thread. Why risk your livelihood?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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When it comes to what's approved for commercial driving, it really has less to do with what's legal and more to do with what's safe for driving. Anything that impairs your judgment or motor skills will be illegal to use as a commercial driver even if you have a prescription for it. Marijuana will always be illegal to have in your system as a commercial driver for that reason.

Scott L.'s Comment
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Anything that negatively interferes with an individuals senses, particularly while operating machinery and places peoples lives in jeopardy is not (and hopefully will never) be allowed. If there is one thing, and only one thing I can agree on as for Federal Regulations it is this.

I think our country should go a little further in the law, such as in Japan. If an individual causes an injury and/or death of a person(s) as a result of drugs and alcohol, however slight the impairment is, then the individual responsible for the incident should pay the life wages lost of his or her victim(s). I also think that for Professional Drivers, should be a ONE STRIKE your OUT....lifetime ban on ever driving commercial again.

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