FMCSA Issues Warning To CDL Drivers About Use Of Hemp and CBD Products
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a “Clearinghouse Update” on May 27, 2021 reminding commercial motor vehicle drivers who are regulated by the FMCSA that they should exercise caution when considering whether to use hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) products.
Specifically, the update stated that it is important for all employees who perform safety-sensitive functions, including CDL drivers, to know:
— The use of CBD and Hemp products could lead to a positive drug test result. The U.S. DOT-regulated CDL drivers should exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products.
— The U.S. DOT requires testing for marijuana and not CBD.
— CBD products can contain much higher levels of THC than specified on the product label leading to a positive test result for marijuana.
— The U.S. DOT’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation, does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.
— CBD use is not a legitimate medical excuse for a marijuana 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.