We’ve been all over this medical marijuana issue like Snoop Dogg on a bong! The July issue of Truck News, which will hit the streets Friday, examines the issue of medical marijuana use by professional truck drivers in great, great detail.
We’ve done our best to shed light on this issue, because it’s one that will have to be addressed sooner or later. There are currently 40,000 Canadians who hold prescriptions for marijuana. That number is projected to climb to nearly half a million within 10 years, according to Health Canada estimates.
The issue, as it relates to cross-border trucking, is cut and drive. The US DoT does not recognize the use of medical marijuana. If you’re using medical marijuana, just forget about driving stateside. Stay away from the border, end of story. For domestic drivers, where random testing is not common, it’s a different story. Here, it’s very much still a grey area. I’ve approached a couple trucking insurance specialists and they haven’t been able to comment on the insurability of a medical marijuana-using truck driver. This is uncharted territory for them as well.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies