Weed And A CDL

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Rob R.'s Comment
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Hi my name is Robert and I have a question I had been working for a company that required me to have my class A CDL to haul all the way around and materials around on a trailer I no longer work for this company anymore and I was wondering if I start smoking weed again what happens to my class A CDL and what if I don't use my class A CDL no more what are the effects that medical marijuana will not disrupt my class A CDL if I ever decide to get another job driving

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.
PJ's Comment
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Weed and a CDL do not go together. Despite state laws it is still illegal under federal law. No matter what. You would have to check with your issuing state on their requirements to keep your CDL valid. Alot of states keep it active as long as you have a current med card. Each state has their own specific rules on that.

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Weed and a CDL do not go together. Despite state laws it is still illegal under federal law. No matter what. You would have to check with your issuing state on their requirements to keep your CDL valid. Alot of states keep it active as long as you have a current med card. Each state has their own specific rules on that.

and that medical card requires a drug test.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Weed and a CDL do not go together. Despite state laws it is still illegal under federal law. No matter what. You would have to check with your issuing state on their requirements to keep your CDL valid. Alot of states keep it active as long as you have a current med card. Each state has their own specific rules on that.

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and that medical card requires a drug test.

Does it? When I took my physical I was told it's only to screen for sugars in blood (diabetes)

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.
Old School's Comment
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Yeah that's not a drug test.

Weed doesn't affect your CDL. What it affects is your ability to get a job that requires a CDL. If you're not concerned about getting a job then you are free to make your own decision. Consequences will be whatever they are, but technically it is not going to affect your license itself.

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.
Old School's Comment
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One more thing on this topic. It's very doubtful you'll be able to get another class A driving job under your circumstances. There will be very few companies willing to hire you just because you have a CDL. They will want verifiable recent experience, which you will not have. So, you will have to get serious about a commercial driving job or about smoking weed. It's your choice.

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.
ChrisEMT's Comment
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Weed and a CDL do not go together. Despite state laws it is still illegal under federal law. No matter what. You would have to check with your issuing state on their requirements to keep your CDL valid. Alot of states keep it active as long as you have a current med card. Each state has their own specific rules on that.

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and that medical card requires a drug test.

I've never had to take a drug test for my med card, even when my company was paying for it.... there was a 1 year period I did get tested every time I got pulled into a terminal (5 times in a 1 year period). but thats a different topic....

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Could it be a state thing? NJ told.me i would have to get the drug test with the DOT....but then i went to Prime and every physical came another drug test.

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.

Key City's Comment
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I had to do a drug test with my med card, but I am going to a private school and we had to pass a drug test to be admitted. It was just killing 2 birds with one stone. They put a test strip in it and it showed I had blood in my urine. Like it wasn’t noticble to the naked eye but detectable. Kinda concerned me.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Big Scott's Comment
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Weed, drugs and alcohol do not go with a Cdl. Real medical Marijuana does not get one high. I don't know how it would show on a drug test. With that said, if weed and being high is more important to you than a stable career in anything, then go smoke a bowl.

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.
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