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The US Department of Transportation has just announced that despite any state regulations that have been put in place, marijuana use, regardless of whether it’s medicinal or recreational, is still strictly prohibited. So even if a driver is currently in Colorado or Washington, the two states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana, if they’re caught in possession, or under the influence, they will still be prosecuted.
Director of the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance for the USDOT, Jim Swart, issued a notice on Monday, December 3rd stating in no uncertain terms that “marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act” and that “[the DOT] does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs… for any reason.” It is therefore still illegal, regardless of what state law might say.