The Biden Government Destroys America’s Supply Chain

The Biden administration has pledged to put additional commercial vehicle motorists to help alleviate the country’s economic supply chain grimaces.

However, a federal ban on cannabis use, which has put tens of thousands of drivers out of work, is obstructing the government’s purpose.

This Will Not End Well

According to industry professionals and court filings, Washington’s zero-tolerance policy on marijuana caught up with drivers.

These are drivers who only smoked when they were off-duty, as well as those who took hemp products, such as CBD oil, which are touted as non-psychoactive.

Cross-country transporters are also faced with a tangle of state restrictions, as 18 states have allowed recreational cannabis usage and another 37 allow medicinal cannabis use.

Unlike routinely used breath tests for alcoholic intoxication, which provide a snapshot of the time the test was taken, the only approved roadside testing for marijuana use might return positive findings more than a month after the individual smoked or ingested it.

In Nevada, where marijuana for recreational use is permitted, Paul Enos, CEO of the Nevada Trucking Organization, said testing that identifies weeks-old use forces a person out of the sector who isn’t necessarily a hazard on the roadways.

“When you consider the number of individuals who are not actively driving, it’s a challenge for our industry,” Enos remarked.

He went on to say taking drug-abusing drivers off the road can help reduce impaired driving. “We’d all gain from having a decent handicap test that doesn’t make our highways any less safe,” she says.

Truckers who test positive face a Catch-22 situation: many trucking businesses will dismiss drivers who screened positive for drugs, yet getting back on the road needs an employer sponsorship.

They Are Confused

All of this emerges as President Biden and his appointed officials, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, work to increase the number of truckers in the workforce.

They’re doing this by broadening trade schools that make it easier to acquire a driver’s license and helping to promote opportunities for women and veterans.

Their goal is to get commodities out of ports and storage more quickly, alleviating the supply chain congestion that has led to pricing and shortages of some goods.

According to Sean Garney, co-director of Scopelitis Transport Consultants, a firm that consults trucking customers on laws and regulations, the industry loses drivers to other industries where marijuana usage isn’t a possible career killer.

“However, federal regulations designate marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance,” Garney explained.

The Biden government hasn’t advocated loosening federal marijuana rules, but the Transportation Department is seeking feedback on a new marijuana standard test method that focuses on recent usage.

That procedure is still in its infancy.

The trucking industry recognizes the restrictions are perplexing, but claims marijuana restrictions aren’t a serious issue because the vast majority of drivers would not test positive.

According to the report, loosening the testing regulations will lead to more intoxicated drivers on the road.