State Legalization of Marijuana: Impact on Transportation and Warehousing?

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As reported last week by Material Handling and Logistics, the transportation and warehousing sector experienced the largest overall drug positivity increase of any sector between 2015-2017 (21.4%, based on data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index), with marijuana being the most commonly detected substance (33.3% increase from 2015-2017).

Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in 10 states plus the District of Columbia, and in 2018, 21 states considered bills that would legalize adult-use marijuana. However, marijuana is still a Schedule I illegal substance under federal law.

How is (will) the legalization of marijuana use impact hiring practices in transportation and logistics?

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