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18 | Overdrive | June 2019 Despite a changing landscape nation- ally regarding the legality of marijuana use, truck drivers still are forbidden from using the substance under U.S. Department of Transportation regula- tions, said speakers at a webinar held last month by the Truckload Carriers Association. Five states still maintain an out- right prohibition on marijuana pos- session and use — Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, said attorney Adam Dolan, a partner at Goldberg Segalla. The rest of the country has loosened marijuana laws to allow for at least limited access on a medical basis, if not outright legal- ization. However, cannabis remains classified as a Schedule I drug at the federal level. The U.S. Department of Transportation maintains rigid enforcement of its policies regarding marijuana. Failing a drug test for marijuana "is automatical- ly disqualifying," said Dr. Todd Simo, vice president of business development for HireRight. The number of marijuana-positive drug tests has increased in recent years, said Simo. Some observers have sought to blame use of products containing CBD, a hemp- and marijuana-derived compound used for medical treatment that doesn't contain the intoxicating compound THC. However, said Simo, "drug tests don't even look for CBD. That's a completely different testing profile. So CBD is not an explanation for a marijuana- positive result." The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year changed federal regulations to allow wider use nationwide of CBD products. — James Jaillet MARIJUANA STILL OFF- LIMITS FOR TRUCKERS Nominations can be made through June 28 for the 2019 Mike O'Connell Trucking's Top Rookie Award, presented by Overdrive sister publica- tion Truckers News. The winner receives $10,000 and a package of prizes. Nine other finalists each receive $1,000 and prize packages. The contest recognizes the best driver who has been behind the wheel for no more than a year. The winner will be announced Aug. 23 at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Partnering with Truckers News in the contest are three driv- er training organizations: • The Commercial Vehicle Training Association. • The National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools. • The Professional Truck Driver Institute. Recognizing the top rookie driver was the idea of the late Mike O'Connell, a former executive director for CVTA. Last year's top rookie was Mordaunt "Platt" Brabner, a 58-year-old Texan driving for TMC Transportation. Nominations can be made through truckersnews.com/ toprookie. — Overdrive Staff Top Rookie will win $10,000 Auction boosts anti-trafficking efforts This year's auction of the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 raised $162,000 for Truckers Against Trafficking, nearly double the $83,000 raised last year. TAT edu- cates and mobilizes truck drivers and rest stop employees to be alert for signs of trafficking. The winning bid was submitted by Collin Stewart, president of Stewart Transport, a Phoenix-based dry van and reefer carrier. The T680 features a 76-inch sleeper and an MX-13 485-hp engine. From left are Kylla Lanier, TAT deputy direc- tor; Stewart; Don Blake, Inland Kenworth-Phoenix; and Gilbert Orrantia, co-chair of Arizona's Human Trafficking Council.

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