USA: Transportation Department Proposes New CBD Guidance For Medical Examiners Certifying Commercial Drivers

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Commercial drivers who use CBD products are doing so “at their own risk,” a federal agency says in a draft handbook for medical examiners who are responsible for issuing U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) certifications.

The proposed guidance, published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, is meant to advise medical examiners as they carry out physical exams for commercial drivers whose jobs require interstate travel.

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) handbook says that drivers aren’t prohibited from using federally legal CBD products that contain up to 0.3 percent THC per dry weight, it cautions examiners that the use of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid could still jeopardize physical exam certifications.

Drivers who are required to submit to the exam and receive the DOT certification, which lasts for two years, “cannot be physically qualified” if they use marijuana, regardless of state law, the agency says—”even if marijuana is legal in the State where the driver resides for recreational, medicinal, or religious use.”

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Transportation Department Proposes New CBD Guidance For Medical Examiners Certifying Commercial Drivers

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