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Alexander P.'s Comment
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To be brief. I smoke weed and I have had a prescription for back pain for the last 3 years.( I was hit by another snowmobiler in an accident) Does this automatically disqualify you from being a trucker. If so, I have no attachment to these and my back could probably be fine. Would I be clear for a hair follicle test in a week? or can i not be a trucker for 6months??

BK's Comment
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At least 6 months for the follicle test. Weed has no place in a driver’s life at all. Don’t even be around it and breathe secondhand smoke.

For pain meds, can you get by with over the counter pain meds? My doctor has me on an alternating regimen between ibuprofen and Tylenol. Any prescription pain med is iffy. Some are universally banned by trucking companies and some are at the discretion of the company. Maybe someone else here could give more accurate info on this than I can.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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After my knee surgery in 2012, they gave me a script for Norco 325s for pain. I refused to take pain pills, I can take pain to a point (70 staples removed 1 week late) lol

I found and started using Aleve's for any pain in my knee once I went back to wrenchin'. Being on my feet 12-18 hours a day, sometimes I need the Aleve's. That's why when moving to Asia, I stocked up on Wal Marts, Equate generic brand of Aleves, since they're not over here (900 tabs)

As far as weed, h3ll, I'd shave my head and wait at LEAST 6 months, if not 9-12, to be sure.. And QUIT the weed period, starting now lol.....

You have time, since the trucking market is in the 'toilet', and who knows when it will rebound back, to a drivers market...

Good luck in going forward, Alex

RealDiehl's Comment
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Yeah, BK is right. THC shows up in follicle tests for a long time. I saw you asked in another thread about whether having prescription (medical marijuana) card would be taken into consideration. I'm not positive, but I'm 99.9% sure you can't have any illegal drugs (illegal according to the DOT) in your system. I would definitely recommend trying to manage the back pain in a different way for the next 6 months while the THC gets clears your system, if that's possible for you.

In the meantime feel free to ask questions, join in the conversations, or just read through the information here at TT.


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

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