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U.S.C.G. warns mariners about pot use

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Marijuana, although legal in Washington State and Colorado, remains a Schedule I drug and the United States Coast Guard is sending a strong message to those in the maritime industry that there is still a ban on using pot and possessing pot.

Boaters, mariners, others in the maritime transportation industry, as well as Medical Reviewing Officers are advised that marijuana is still listed, along with LSD and opioids, as a banned and controlled substance.

Per the U.S. Coast Guard:

“Marijuana use is still unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee serving in the maritime industry and subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana.

The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation—49 CFR Part 40 – does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.”

This comes just one month after the military announced that it was broadening its testing of synthetic marijuana going by various street names such as K2, spice and bath salts.

The National Military Examiner publishes military/law enforcement related content that often misses mainstream new sources.

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