First post, been lurking a bit though. Great forum.
I am a legal consumer of MMJ in Colorado. I also have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). I drove a bus at a ski area for one season, but don't currently work as a driver.
There was a drug test given at the time of my initial physical, when I first qualified for my license. At the time I hadn't smoked for about 2 months, so no problem with that one. At the 2 year point I will need to take another physical. That one's comming up this fall. I don't know if this includes a drug test or if it is just looking at health problems (heart, blood pressure, etc.) which might cause a hazard on the road.
There is also pre-employment testing for any prospective job involving the CDL. We had random testing during employment, and drug testing after any accident, whether you are at fault or not. These may have just been the policy of the area where I worked. I am not sure if this applies everywhere.
I'd like to at least have the opportunity to work as a driver again. I can be a great job. Since we all know that MJ tests determine only if one has smoked in a recent undetermined time, and not current intoxication I'll withhold the rant that would normally go here, and move on...
So, what is the legal status of MMJ patients with regard to Drug Testing? Could one defend oneself from firing or denial of employment as a MMJ patient? Has any such case hit the courts, or is there any defined policy about this?
I believe a lot of the rules come from a Federal, and not a state, level; but I could be wrong on that.
I'd be especially interested in hearing from others with a CDL. How do you deal with it? Is there any conflict for you between legal MMJ use and your CDL?