SAN DIEGO — A lot more than a quarter of Americans reside in a jurisdiction that makes it possible for legal marijuana. Weed’s expanding reputation in the U.S. is an growing and difficult concern for the trucking market.
American Trucking Associations is hunting to take the lead in how U.S. firms adapt to legal weed, noting that there is extra to discover about its effects. The ATA Board of Directors designed new policies this week that calls for a typical-sense method to liberalizing marijuana laws — in the name of security. And because just about every state has diverse cannabis laws, ATA desires the federal government to modify its method.
“We’ve got to get the federal men and women involved in this so we have uniformed impairment guidelines across our nation,” Harold Sumerford Jr., CEO of J&M Tank Lines, told a luncheon crowd at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition.
Sumerford is co-chairman of ATA’s newly formed Controlled Substances, Overall health & Wellness Working Group, which is tasked with tackling marijuana’s impact on trucking. Co-chairman Paul Enos, CEO of the Nevada Trucking Association, stated ATA’s objectives are to shield carriers’ rights to have a drug-totally free workplace, to be capable to test their employees and to limit liability.
“But we also will need to be certain that when we get extra information and extra info on this, we can modify also,” Enos stated. “Because the query is: Is a person impaired if they tested constructive for marijuana? Due to the fact it stays in your program for 30 days. That is the crux of the concern, suitable? You may perhaps not be impaired. I know if I had seven or eight whiskeys the other evening, (I’d be) feeling fairly rough the subsequent day — but we’d know, physiologically, 24 hours later, I am going to be fine. We do not know exactly where that is in marijuana and I feel that is the largest challenge that we have these days.”
Published: October 09, 2019