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DOT: Marijuana is Still Illegal, Proposal for Hair Testing in the Works

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.

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Thanksgiving Safety Enforcement Push Still Going On

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the Thanksgiving travel season isn’t over yet.  Drivers across the country will need to be extra cautious since state police are in the midst of a highway safety enforcement push that will last through the 27th. Some states are taking the enforcement a little more seriously after some particularly bad numbers of holiday accidents last year.

Last year Pennsylvania alone had 4,235 crashes and 49 fatalities during the Thanksgiving travel period. In an attempt to bring those numbers down, this year they’re starting “Operation Safe Holiday”: an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement. Similarly, the California State Patrol has issued a warning that this long weekend is being considered a “Maximum Enforcement Weekend.” Georgia is going so far as to set up road blocks with no advance warning.

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