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DOT says truckers still can't use marijuana

Truckers in Colorado and elsewhere will have to abstain from using marijuana according to a statement from the Department of Transportation. The DOT said that truck drivers would be forbidden from using the substance as long as it remained a Schedule I drug under federal law. On Nov. 8, four more states voted to make marijuana legal.

The DOT would not be able to make changes to drug testing until the Office of National Drug Control Policy takes action. That was according to a statement from the spokesman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This is not the first time that the DOT has refused to change its drug testing policies in light of changes to marijuana law at the state level. In 2012, it said that it would not change its drug testing procedures after Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.

In early November, residents of California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine voted to make the recreational use of the drug legal. This means that there are now 80 million Americans living in states where recreational use is legal, while a total of 28 states allow medical marijuana. Florida and North Dakota voters made medical marijuana legal in those states on Nov. 8 while Montana loosened laws related to medical marijuana.

Victims of trucking accidents may experience multiple injuries that may take months or years to recover from. However, they may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages if the truck driver was impaired or otherwise negligent. An attorney representing an injured victim can use the official accident investigation report and other evidence to establish that the driver was at fault.

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