DOT Not Taking CBD as Excuse for Failed Drug Test

On Feb. 19 the U.S. Department of Transportation clarified its stance that it does not test for CBD, but stated it will continue to penalize workers for THC.

Within a noticeDOT, which sets regulations for safety-sensitive employees such as transit vehicle operators and aircraft maintenance personnel, noted that while the Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, it did not except marijuana. This means hemp-derived CBD products with a THC concentration of less than 0.3% are not controlled substances. But any product, including those labeled as CBD, that breaks that THC limit is still a controlled substance.

With the legalization of hemp, DOT said they have received multiple inquiries about whether DOT-regulated safety-sensitive employees can use CBD products. They don’t want to get caught up in the testing protocols structures established after the 1991 Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act. The bill required all of the agencies under DOT’s regulatory umbrella to come up with a plan for drug and alcohol testing for safety-sensitive transportation employees.

“This includes pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, transit vehicle operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, fire-armed transit security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others,” DOT noted in the announcement.

There were three main points DOT emphasized. The first is that they require testing for “marijuana and not CBD.” While CBD is present in both marijuana and hemp, what defines a plant as hemp is the presence of less than .3% of CBD. The second point was about the actual quality of the CBD marketplace right now.

“The labeling of many CBD products may be misleading because the products could contain higher levels of THC than what the product label states,” The notice reads. “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently certify the levels of THC in CBD products, so there is no Federal oversight to ensure that the labels are accurate.

“The FDA has cautioned the public that: ‘Consumers should beware purchasing and using any [CBD] products.’ The FDA has stated: ‘It is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement.’ Also, the FDA has issued several warning letters to companies because their products contained more CBD than indicated on the product label.”

DOT’s final point was that CBD use is not a legitimate medical explanation for a laboratory-confirmed THC positive result.

“Therefore, Medical Review Officers will verify a drug test confirmed at the appropriate cutoffs as positive, even if an employee claims they only used a CBD product.” CBD products could lead to all the problems that would come with a failed drug test and DOT recommends people exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products. DOT also said the announcement was meant to provide clarity to the public on existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

The DOT set its policies on recreational marijuana in the wake of the first states legalizing in December 2012. Back then, they wanted to make sure everyone knew what happened in Colorado and Washington had zero impact on the agency.

“Therefore, Medical Review Officers (MROs) will not verify a drug test as negative based upon learning that the employee used ‘recreational marijuana’ when states have passed ‘recreational marijuana’ initiatives,” the compliance notice reads. “We also firmly reiterate that an MRO will not verify a drug test negative based upon information that a physician recommended that the employee use ‘medical marijuana’ when states have passed ‘medical marijuana’ initiatives.”

In September 2019 at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao noted the new rift between the U.S. and Canada when it came to pot during her speech.

“Traditionally, our two countries’ approach to road and automobile safety have been aligned,” Chao said. “Let me note an emerging challenge, however. As safety advocates know so well, alcohol and drugs play a disproportionate role in auto fatalities. Canada has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while the United States has not. It is still illegal under U.S. federal law, although nine states have decriminalized it. While there is still much research to be done, data from states that have legalized is already pointing to the dangers of driving under the influence of both illicit and legal drugs.”

Chao did confuse legalization and decriminalization though as 25 states have some form of marijuana decriminalization on the books.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Colorado Sold $1.75 Billion in Weed Last Year Exceeding All Expectations (Merry Jane)

// USDA Touts Hemp Industry’s Growth But Says Challenges Remain (Marijuana Moment)

// Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)


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// Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization Gets Closer To Governor’s Desk With New Amendments (Marijuana Moment)

// Most of Pennsylvania’s Medical Cannabis Patients Pay Over $200 a Month for Weed (Merry Jane)

// Is the Price of Legal Weed Going to Be Way Too Expensive in 2020? (Merry Jane)

// Legal marijuana use still costs people jobs. A new California bill takes on the issue (LA Times)

// New Utah Bill Lets Employers Discriminate Against Medical Marijuana Patients (Merry Jane)

// The buzz on Utah’s fledgling medical cannabis program (Leafly)

// At this high school apparently weed is okay- but only if you’re white (Leafly)


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Will Hitting the Gym Help You Pass A Drug Test?

Marijuana is slowly beating the odds against decades of prohibition and, in turn, it’s becoming one of America’s favorite feel-goods. The latest Gallup poll shows that 12% of the United States population is getting high regularly. Yet the stigmas associated with the cannabis plant continue to be just as crippling as they were years ago. Sure, 11 states have legalized the leaf like alcohol — allowing adults 21 and older to buy it from retail outlets — but get busted with THC in your system, and it could spell trouble.

Some companies still require their employees to pee clean, while most places will not even hire an individual who has weed coursing through their veins. It’s a situation that has forced desperate people to employ some insane methods to pass those pesky drug tests. One of the latest methods is to actually try sweating it out in the gym. But this bro tactic, at least according to science, can have the opposite effect by making THC more prevalent in a person’s bloodstream.

Drug testing experts say those people who believe they can escape the wrath of a marijuana test through strenuous exercise are only fooling themselves. This method is known for its ability to increase the THC levels in the body, therefore creating a situation where the subject is probably going to fail more miserably than before. In other words, the average cannabis consumer is more likely to get nailed for a positive result after spending hours on a mad dash to sweat out the THC.

“When the sedentary person decides, ‘I wanna beat this,’ then goes to a sauna or starts doing a bunch of jumping jacks, it won’t really do much,” Rafael Landeiro of Mobile Health, a lab testing service, explained in an interview with Inverse. “Ironically, for the people who are doing that, as your body metabolizes the body fat, [and] you’re releasing more THC than you normally would.”

Most experienced cannabis users are under no illusion when it comes to their chances of beating a drug test. They know that without plenty of time to clean up (and that can mean backing off the smoke for around a month or more), that test is going to show positive before they even get their hands on the pee cup. The difficulty of flushing pot from one’s system is the reason there are so many rapid cleanses on the market, all of them promising to wipe the THC from the body of even the most dedicated toker. Some people swear by these products, while all anyone else has ever experienced is unemployment and probation violations.

Over the years, there have also been some truly bizarre methods show up on the Internet for how to pass a drug test. Drinking bleach, using animal urine, the list goes on. But none of these have ever proven effective.

Sweating it out, however, is the latest trend. Just like some people think sweating more equates increased weight loss, some folks have formed the opinion that this method will also rid their bodies of THC. So they are hitting the gym with rabid enthusiasm, bumping up the cardio in hopes of producing a clean pee. Yet, according to a study published back in 2013, exercise permits more THC to trickle into the bloodstream — increasing a person’s chances of failing a drug test.

Research shows that even when low amounts of THC are present in a person’s system, exercise actually allows more of the THC compound to show up. Scientists say this is because physical activity forces dormant THC stored in fat to start flowing rapidly through the body. In fact, anything that burns fat will have the same result. Another study from 2014 shows dieting can produce a spike of THC.

“Fasting is going to burn fat, which is going to release more cannabinoids,” researchers explained. “If you have more fat, then there is more tissue for the cannabinoids to get stored in so you might get a little bit longer window of detection.”

The cold hard fact is there are not any tried and true, 100% guaranteed methods for passing a drug screen for marijuana. If you have a test coming up, your best bet is to stop using cannabis for a while. For some folks, this could be a week. Others with a heaver BMI might have to wait around 90 days to get the green out. But whatever you do, don’t try burning it off in the gym before a test.

You will probably fail.

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// Massachusetts retailers can again sell pot vaping products (Sun Sentinel (AP))

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// After long wait, Maine to issue applications for 1st marijuana stores (Portland Press Herald)

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// Bruce Linton Joins Multi-State Cannabis Operator Vireo Health as Executive Chairman (New Cannabis Ventures)

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// Lift on Massachusetts medical marijuana vape ban a ‘big victory’ for patients (Boston Herald)

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