DOT Issues Compliance Notice Regarding Marijuana

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Today, Jim Swart, the Director of the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Office of the Department of Transportation issued a "Compliance Notice" relating to the recent initiative passed by some states to permit the use of marijuana for "recreational purposes." The notice was issued due to recent inquiries to the DOT about whether these state initiatives will have an impact upon the DOT's longstanding regulation about the use of marijuana by safety‐sensitive transportation employees – pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, transit fire‐armed security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.

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