Legalization Of The "Devil's Weed"

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Matthew P.'s Comment
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Https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-votes-decriminalize-marijuana

And so it continues. I was sitting back reflecting on where we were in the 70s versus now. What a massive change in political and societal attitudes towards marijuana.

I wonder where this is going to end up in regards to safety sensitive positions, the DOT and some other entities that are concerned about impaired workers. There isn't a way to determine "impairment" yet with THC in the same way you would with alcohol. Just subjective testing. I think it is going to be interesting watching what evolves as we discuss and legislate this issue as a society.

I can't see it being any more harmful than alcohol. In some cases, probably much less harmful depending on the circumstances surrounding the usage. However, we have our current laws and those who choose not to follow them place themselves at risk for sanction. Still on the fence about usage in safety sensitive positions because of the determination of impairment issue and the lack of hard data showing what happens after......for example.......a workday after casual usage the previous evening. We are pretty clear on the effects of alcohol both short and long term.

Your thoughts?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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I think operating an 80,000 lb semi and smoking weed should never be mixed.

Bird-One's Comment
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I agree.

I think operating an 80,000 lb semi and smoking weed should never be mixed.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I think operating an 80,000 lb semi and smoking weed should never be mixed.

I agree.

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I think operating an 80,000 lb semi and smoking weed should never be mixed.

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Tritto.

~ Anne ~

Banks's Comment
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I don't think anybody should drive any vehicle impaired or under the influence of any substances.

That being said, I don't understand the issue here. I can clock out Friday evening, go home and pound 6 pack after 6 pack until Sunday evening and return to work Monday morning with no issue. If I smoke a joint then my career is over.

What's the difference?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I don't think anybody should drive any vehicle impaired or under the influence of any substances.

That being said, I don't understand the issue here. I can clock out Friday evening, go home and pound 6 pack after 6 pack until Sunday evening and return to work Monday morning with no issue. If I smoke a joint then my career is over.

What's the difference?

Banks, you always come up with thought provoking viewpoints.

So I’m asking this out of curiosity. If a driver got alcohol drunk on Sunday night, went to drive Monday morning and was required to do a random **** test, would the alcohol show up? And what would be the consequences?

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lol @ topic, yeah NOW I could get high as f*%k there's weed in big bags I been told stored here for some friend of buddies, who don't want their 19 yr old girl to find n use it lol Then WHY buy it at all? I jokingly asked my bud n his wife "Ok so where is this mythical weed?" It's gotta be dried out like crazy after a year+ stored away.....

Yet, I'm NOT even temped to smoke any of this stuff I've only heard of, not seen lol Got over all that in high school @ 17

PackRat's Comment
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I don't see legalized marijuana for drivers anytime soon, thankfully. Same as the self-driving trucks dream of some.

Matthew P.'s Comment
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Yeah. That was kinda my point.

Obviously three other folks were talking about using while driving. That isn't what this thread is about.

Terrible idea under the safest of driving circumstances in a POV. Disaster waiting to happen in a rig. Of course, after last weeks miles........I am starting to wonder if half the world is stoned and driving. Another topic for another time though.

I am watching the issue to see if they ever come up with something like we have for alcohol. A BAC, BAL or whatever term you want to have. Lot of potheads are going to be dealing with DUIs if that ever comes.

The other issue was hard research that shows a reduction in performance after a previous evening's use. THC has been scheduled which prevented much research being done on questions like that. Alcohol usage is well studied and I think the DOT has an appropriate set of rules regarding usage. Summed up......don't come back to work hungover and extremely mild usage. And it is because of the reduction in performance associated with overuse.

Right now we are at the THC Schedule 1 drug stage, reefer madness stage. Those times will pass eventually if the laws are changed to finally deschedule and decriminalize. Pretty clear now that we are going to be dealing with a change in the federal govts approach at some point.

Although, not before I retire in 1547 days.

Off topic a little however...... Some of our DC politicians are invested in commercial weed. Another side bar on this topic. I was waiting for this kind of legislation to come out again. Those guys and their greed LOL

That six pack idea sounds good right about now Banks.

I don't think anybody should drive any vehicle impaired or under the influence of any substances.

That being said, I don't understand the issue here. I can clock out Friday evening, go home and pound 6 pack after 6 pack until Sunday evening and return to work Monday morning with no issue. If I smoke a joint then my career is over.

What's the difference?

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Banks's Comment
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I don't think anybody should drive any vehicle impaired or under the influence of any substances.

That being said, I don't understand the issue here. I can clock out Friday evening, go home and pound 6 pack after 6 pack until Sunday evening and return to work Monday morning with no issue. If I smoke a joint then my career is over.

What's the difference?

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Banks, you always come up with thought provoking viewpoints.

So I’m asking this out of curiosity. If a driver got alcohol drunk on Sunday night, went to drive Monday morning and was required to do a random **** test, would the alcohol show up? And what would be the consequences?

Alcohol is not a part of a urinalysis.

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