The DOT Isn’t Jokin’ About Transportation Employees Tokin’

No marijuana for DOT employees

If you are a DOT employee, don’t get “toked up” just yet about the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana initiatives.  The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation (49 CFR Part 40) does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, which include marijuana, for any reason by safety-sensitive transportation employees, such as:

  • Pilots
  • School bus drivers
  • Truck drivers
  • Train engineers
  • Subway operators
  • Aircraft maintenance personnel
  • Transit fire-armed security personnel
  • Ship captains
  • Pipeline emergency response personnel
  • Others

So, even if you are a DOT employee with a prescription for “medical marijuana” from a physician in a state that has passed “medical marijuana” initiatives, or you used “recreational marijuana” when states have passed “recreational marijuana” initiatives, Medical Review Officers (MROs) will NOT verify a drug test as negative.