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 | Staff 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 | Staff 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 | Staff 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 | Staff 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 | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Perspective

Opinion: Vigilance Needed in Driver Drug Testing, Monitoring

The expanding legalization of marijuana across the country opens up fleets and motor carriers to increased risk.

Steve Bojan | Vice President & Transportation Practice Leader, Hub International
April 3, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Marijuana Impairment Emerges as Safety Issue for Trucking, ATRI Study Says

Hand holding a marijuana cigarette Getty Images

Despite growing concerns in the trucking industry over a rise in the legal use of marijuana, there is a general lack of research on the relationship between use of the drug and crashes, as well as a need for better law-enforcement tools and training to detect impaired-driver use of the drug, according to new research by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 13, 2019
Government, Business

Legal Status for Transport of Hemp Remains Confusing

hemp plant A hemp plant is pollinated at the Unique Botanicals facility in Springfield, Ore. (Don Ryan/AP)

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a legal challenge to the arrest of an Oregon truck driver and seizure of a 6,700-pound load of hemp being transported through Idaho.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 6, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Fired Truck Driver Sues Cannabidiol Company After Using Product

Cannabidiol A technician performs a drug test. (Thinkstock)

While 33 states allow the use of medical marijuana and 10 states permit possession and recreational use of pot, for truck drivers there is but one law: Don’t use it. Period.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 20, 2018