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Is Medical Marijuana Really Safe?
Medical marijuana has been legalized in more than half of US states,1 but is it really safe? In February of 2019, more than 50 pounds of medical marijuana was recalled due to contaminants such as arsenic, E.coli, Salmonella, cadmium and possible other chemical residue contaminants.2
Because the FDA hasn't approved Medical Marijuana, there is very little consistency when it comes to safety.3 Because of this, consumers may be receiving a product that is not safe for human consumption,4 putting those who already have potentially compromised immune systems at risk.5 Experts in the field are worried because there is no clear evidence showing what the effects of long-term marijuana use may have on these patients.6
State's laws regarding medical marijuana are changing and evolving and because there is no apparent consistency nation wide, it's important for those who are considering medical marijuana use to evaluate their situation carefully and seek the advice of medical professionals. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown that despite the common misconception, marijuana is addictive, has short and long-term side effects and should generally be considered unsafe.7
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2019 Federal Random Testing Rates
Please note that the rates are unofficial and have not been certified by any governmental agency. At the time of this publication, the FMCSA has not issued 2019 testing rates due to the government furlough. Once the rates are published, a suppliment to the poster will be published and made available on our website.
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Transit Industry Random Drug Testing Rate to Increase January 1, 2019
On October 17, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration issued a "Dear Colleague" letter announcing that effective January 1, 2019, the minimum rate of random drug testing will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent of covered employees for employers subject to FTA’s drug and alcohol regulation. This change is due to an increase in the industry's "positive rate" as reflected in random drug test data for calendar year 2017. The alcohol testing rate is unchanged for 2019 and will remain at 10 percent.
The FTA will formally announce this increase in a forthcoming Federal Register notice, but has issued the "Dear Colleague" letter in advance to inform transit providers and partner associations of the 2019 drug testing increase and to facilitate early planning.
Additional information is available on the FTA web site: