The US Railroad worker’s strike is in limbo as deals are being made between the unions, companies, and the government. This conflict sets the stage for congressmen to address the broader need for reform in the workplace. One of which is to stop THC testing mandates for marijuana. Now, workers are disqualified from working or can be fired if they’ve used marijuana anytime in the past six weeks, even if they are not under the influence at work.
Representative Blumenauer from the state of Oregon wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, arguing that marijuana testing commercial drivers are needlessly costing people their jobs and contributing to supply chain issues. He cited DOT data that showed tens of thousands of drivers are being disqualified because of these tests. While no one wants impaired drivers on the road, these aren’t tests that detect functional impairment.
There is bipartisan support for cannabis research to develop technology that can detect functional impairment due to THC. Right now, the current test simply identifies inactive traces of the drug that can stay in a person’s system for weeks after consumption.
This call for reform comes closely after California Governor Newsom is to look over legislation that would protect workers’ rights to use cannabis after work and stop THC testing, with exceptions for certain positions.