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SAMHSA and DOT Issue Statement on Marijuana Legalization Measures

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have made their stand clear on recreational marijuana initiatives that were approved in Washington and Colorado.

In a statement, SAMHSA said “there have been no changes to the panel of drugs being tested under the federal Drug-Free Workplace Program (DFWP).” That means, federal employees will continue to undergo marijuana test at the established cut off levels in the Mandatory Guidelines.

DOT, in its Dec. 3 notice, states the ballot initiatives “will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program.” The agency will continue to require drug testing applicants and employees in safety-sensitive positions, such as pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, transit fire‐armed security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.

“We also firmly reiterate that an MRO will not verify a drug test negative based upon information that a physician recommended that the employee use “medical marijuana” when states have passed “medical marijuana” initiatives,” DOT said in its recreational marijuana notice. “It is important to note that marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. It remains unacceptable for any safety‐sensitive employee subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana.”

Tags: DOT drug testing, marijuana legalization, marijuana testing in federal agencies, recreational marijuana initiatives
January 20, 2013 at 12:00 am
  • January 21, 2013 at 12:53 amAlex Romero

    Intersting to know the druggies will get nailed and maybe go to jail.

  • January 21, 2013 at 1:37 amMatt McLaughlin

    wrong Alex. go back to sleep.

  • January 21, 2013 at 2:36 amCarolyn Short

    This is exactly what DOT should be saying. Now, the DOJ should follow suit soon. :)

  • January 21, 2013 at 2:44 amCarolyn Short

    Thanks, Alex. Just posted on the KADF page.

  • January 21, 2013 at 4:04 amClint Werner

    The California Medical Association has endorsed legalization without opposition to the policy from any of its members. Who do you trust, drug war profiteers or unbiased doctors who realize that being arrested for marijuana is far more harmful than using it ever could be?

  • January 26, 2013 at 11:32 pmMatt McLaughlin

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