>DOJ Guidelines on Medical Use of Marijuana Do Not Impact DOT’s Regulated Drug Testing Program

>The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Notice intended to assure the traveling public that the country’s transportation system is safe.

On Oct. 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidelines for Federal prosecutors in States that have enacted laws authorizing the use of “medical marijuana.”

In response to numerous questions, DOT issued on Oct. 22, a Notice stating that it will not change its regulated drug testing program based upon DOJ’s guidelines, and that 49 CFR Part 40 does not authorize “medical marijuana” under a State law to be a valid medical explanation for a transportation employee’s positive drug test result.