SAN DIEGO — Additional than a quarter of Americans reside in a jurisdiction that permits legal marijuana. Weed’s developing reputation in the U.S. is an rising and complex concern for the trucking sector.
American Trucking Associations is searching to take the lead in how U.S. enterprises adapt to legal weed, noting that there is additional to discover about its effects. The ATA Board of Directors made new policies this week that calls for a prevalent-sense method to liberalizing marijuana laws — in the name of security. And considering the fact that each state has unique cannabis laws, ATA desires the federal government to transform its method.
“We’ve got to get the federal people today 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, Well being & Wellness Working Group, which is tasked with tackling marijuana’s impact on trucking. Co-chairman Paul Enos, CEO of the Nevada Trucking Association, mentioned ATA’s ambitions are to shield carriers’ rights to have a drug-absolutely free workplace, to be capable to test their employees and to limit liability.
“But we also need to have to be confident that when we get additional information and additional data on this, we can transform also,” Enos mentioned. “Because the query is: Is somebody impaired if they tested constructive for marijuana? Mainly because it stays in your method for 30 days. That is the crux of the situation, ideal? You may perhaps not be impaired. I know if I had seven or eight whiskeys the other evening, (I’d be) feeling quite 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 believe that is the greatest challenge that we have nowadays.”
Published: October 09, 2019