Government, Business, Safety

Are Drivers Quitting After Positive Marijuana Tests?

Getty Image of failed drug test In the past two years, nearly 71,000 drivers have tested positive for marijuana, accounting for more than 56% of all drug test failures over that span. (Getty Images)

The legalization of marijuana in several states and the post-pandemic economy have left the trucking industry with a bit of a perplexing, yet-to-be-solved mystery.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 12, 2022
Government, Business

Truck Drivers Should Beware of CBD, Drug Policy Expert Says

CBD CBD oil on display at an expo. (Carla K. Johnson/Associated Press)

The U.S. Department of Transportation told truck drivers use of CBD oils would be at their own career risk.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 16, 2020
Business, Technology

What Developments Will Impact Your Business This Year?

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PrePass discusses five trends that will have a big impact on trucking in 2020: Increasing marijuana use, changing truck driver demographics, connected vehicles, the internet of things (IOT) and trucking data security.

March 5, 2020
Government, Business

DOT Issues Compliance Notice Cautioning Truck Drivers About CBD Products

CBD products Getty Images

The Department of Transportation has issued a compliance notice warning truck drivers and other safety-sensitive transportation workers about the potential mislabeling of hemp-derived products that could contain illegal levels of marijuana that might test positive in a DOT drug test.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

For Hemp Transporters, Idaho Roads May Resemble Obstacle Course

Idaho Gov. Brad Little Idaho Gov. Brad Little by Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press

Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little has issued an executive order that will permit motor carriers to transport hemp through the state that in recent months has been a risky proposition for truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 22, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Canadian Trucking Alliance Will Continue Push for Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

Marijuana plants Recreational use of cannabis became legal in Canada in October 2018. (Getty Images)

The Canadian Trucking Alliance will continue to urge government officials, including those recently elected, to establish a drug and alcohol testing program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Grapples With Impact of Legalized Marijuana

Harold Sumerford, Greer Woodruff, Dr. Todd Simo, and Paul Enos J&M Tank Lines' Harold Sumerford (from left), J.B. Hunt's Greer Woodruff, HireRight's Todd Simo and Nevada Trucking Association's Paul Enos. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

SAN DIEGO — The trucking industry needs to get out in front of the challenges it faces with the growing legalization of marijuana, according to the co-chairman of an American Trucking Associations working group studying the impact of controlled substances.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 7, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

As Marijuana-Use Laws Spread, Drug Still Illegal for Truck Drivers

A display of pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes from Willie's Reserve at a section in a farmers market during a business-to-business networking event, WeedCon West 2019, in Los Angeles A display of pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes from Willie's Reserve at a farmers market in Los Angeles, on June 20, 2019. Though it is gaining acceptance, it is still illegal for truckers to smoke marijuana. (Associated/Richard Vogel)

Last month, drug-testing firm Quest Diagnostics scientist Barry Sample had a serious warning for U.S. employers: Be on the lookout for marijuana use by your workers. It’s on the rise.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 25, 2019
Government, Business

USDA General Counsel Opinion: States Can’t Prohibit Hemp Transportation

Hemp plant in Idaho A hemp plant is pollinated in Oregon in April 2018. USDA General Counsel Stephen Vaden wrote that states cannot prohibit the interstate transportation or shipment of hemp products grown under a program authorized by the government. (Associated Press)

While states and American Indian tribes currently can regulate the lawful production and sale of hemp produced under a 2014 law, they may not prohibit the interstate transportation or shipment of the product grown under a program authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a new legal opinion issued by USDA’s general counsel.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 29, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Hemp Transport Legality Awaits Appeals Court Decision in Idaho Lawsuit

Trailer full of seized hemp Idaho State Police confiscated this load of industrial hemp in January. (Idaho State Police)

A decision expected soon by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could send a clear signal to truckers and shippers on the legality of transporting industrial hemp across state lines.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 11, 2019