Recreational marijuana shops have opened their doors in California. The Golden State isn’t the first to legalize recreational marijuana, but due its large population and powerful economy, the law is still worth noting. For businesses operating in California, it’s especially important to look at business risks associated with marijuana legalization.
Marijuana and Driving
Although California has legalized marijuana, driving under the influence of the drug remains illegal. In fact, the state recently passed a new law that also prohibits both drivers and passengers from using marijuana in a car. This law mirrors the state’s already existing laws on open alcohol containers in a car.
Commercial drivers also need to stay sober behind the wheel.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released a notice regarding medical marijuana. According to the notice, “The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40, at 40.151(e) – does not authorize “medical marijuana” under a state law to be a valid medical explanation for a transportation employee’s positive drug test result.”
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