Common Sense Approach Sought For Liberalizing Marijuana Laws

(November 5, 2019) — The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) board of directors has endorsed a new set of policies aimed at helping the industry continue to safely operate in an environment where more states are liberalizing laws related to the recreational use of marijuana. ATA’s new platform bolsters the federation’s already robust impaired-driving policies to deal specifically with marijuana, now that more than 93 million Americans live where the drug is legal for recreational use.
American Trucking Association introduces new truck driver policies to deal with 93 million people now living in recreational marijuana states reports BPN Nov. 5 2019
Developed by ATA’s Controlled Substances and Driver Health and Wellness Working Group, the new policy and recommendations call for the government to maintain the right of employers to test for marijuana if they determine that its use could adversely affect safety. The policy also supports a lifting of the federal restrictions on marijuana research and calls for more research into marijuana’s impact on impairment, especially in conjunction with other substances.

ATA backs the development of oral fluid testing and impairment standards, and requests the creation of a marijuana victim’s compensation fund—paid for by dispensaries, cultivators, and manufacturers. This is in addition to ATA’s policies calling for the government to allow alternative drug testing methods, creation of a national database of positive drug and alcohol test results, and strong anti-impairment driving laws.

“ATA has long been an advocate for reducing impaired driving—in all forms—so it only makes sense that we would call upon state and federal governments to consider the impact of increased use of marijuana on our roadways,” said ATA president and CEO Chris Spear. “As an industry that operates in all 50 states and across national borders, we need all levels of government to help us keep our roads and drivers drug-free. This policy allows us, while recognizing that the modern world is changing, to advocate for strong, safety-oriented policies backed by sound science and data.”

(SOURCE: The Weekly Propane Newsletter, November 4, 2019. Available exclusively by subscription.)