Marijuana and CBD laws are creating issues for both commercial drivers and DOT Medical Examiners. States are being more forgiving on marijuana laws and drivers are being more truthful at their DOT Physicals. Drivers are receiving mixed messages on marijuana use. Furthermore, in Colorado where marijuana use is prevalent, this is creating significant issues. This article will show drivers who present to First Aid Occupational Health in Grand Junction how they can request a refund for their DOT physical.
The DOT Medical exam is a federal test and is becoming more regulated. The federal government is giving DOT Medical examiners more specific guidelines on who can pass and who cannot. Staying current on changes is necessary for both the driver and the clinic.
While medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado, it creates trouble for Colorado commercial drivers who enjoy or need marijuana for their wellness. Despite not having issues or opinions regarding marijuana use, we are obligated to follow FMCSA guidelines. From our viewpoint, we see how this creates challenges for Colorado commercial drivers. The last thing we want to do is start an exam and not issue a DOT or CDL Medical Card for a driver. Especially when it affects their livelihood.
Many of our drivers schedule and pay for their DOT Medical Exam online. They receive a double warning on our website that marijuana is disqualifying plus in our email with instructions for your DOT CDL Physical Exam in Grand Junction it warns drivers there too. We have nothing against marijuana. But our number one responsibility is keeping the roadways safe. When that is demonstrated and the FMCSA approves of it, we’ll adjust our policies.
We are always looking for new information and medical evidence as it relates to the DOT Medical Exam. When you find news from the FMCSA that says marijuana is safe, please send it to us.
Currently, we’re using these resources to make our policies:
- These two articles are helpful
- If you need more help, check this one and this one out
- For people who really like to research, check this one and this one out on Medical Marijuana and the DOT Physical. This is really helpful to know for Uber and Lyft drivers.
You are always welcome to interview us before you scheduling. We’re only here to help people pass. Not to harm their livelihoods. But certifying drivers who use marijuana is a risk to our livelihoods and readers need to respect that.
To request a refund for your DOT Exam after learning marijuana disqualifies you please click THIS LINK to request a refund.