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CBD products pose risk to safety-sensitive personnel

March 18, 2020 By    

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a policy and compliance notice regarding treatment of cannabidiol (CBD) products.

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According to the notice, DOT does not distinguish between the use of CBD products and any other marijuana use by safety-sensitive employees, including drivers transporting hazardous materials. Therefore, propane drivers who use CBD products may test positive for marijuana on drug exams, according to an update from the National Propane Gas Association.

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD products with up to 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are not categorized as controlled substances. THC is the psychoactive element of marijuana.

However, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the sale and labeling of CBD products, does not certify the levels of THC in CBD products. Thus, an individual may use a CBD product without knowing the percentage of THC present in the product. The percentage of THC may be sufficient to cause a positive test result on DOT mandatory substance exams.

DOT regulations does not recognize the use of CBD as a legitimate medical explanation for a marijuana-positive test result. DOT recommends that safety-sensitive employees consider the possibility of a positive test result before using CBD.

The DOT notice is available online here.

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