Trucking Grapples With Impact of Legalized Marijuana

The trucking industry needs to get out in front of the challenges it faces with the growing legalization of marijuana, according to the co-chairman of an American Trucking Associations subcommittee studying the impact of controlled substances.

“An employee in certain states can use marijuana on the weekend and come to work and take a random drug test and lose his employment and a way to make a living,” Harold Sumerford, CEO of J&M Tank Lines and co-chair of the Controlled Substances, Health and Wellness Subcommittee, told attendees at an Oct. 7 session during ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition. “Whether that’s right or wrong in people’s minds, it’s got to be addressed because the problem is coming our way.”

Sumerford said that surveys reveal that 93 million people in U.S. support legalization of marijuana.