Survey seeks drivers' opinions on legalized pot's impact on trucking

Updated Apr 12, 2023
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The American Transportation Research Institute today launched a driver survey to better understand the impacts of state laws legalizing marijuana on the trucking industry and its workforce. 

ATRI first deployed this survey in-person at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky last week where over 300 drivers completed the survey.  ATRI has now placed the survey online for additional driver input.

Truck drivers can complete the confidential survey online here.  The survey will remain open through April 28.

ATRI’s marijuana impact research was a top research priority of its Research Advisory Committee in 2022.  This topic was identified as critical because of the conflict and uncertainty between new state laws legalizing marijuana and long-standing federal law, especially for those that are part of a federally-regulated workforce. 

The survey asks for driver perspectives and knowledge related to new state laws, as well as the impact of these laws on roadway safety and the workforce.

“Driver input is a critical component of ATRI’s research and this newest survey is no exception,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster.  “We hope that professional drivers will take a few minutes to provide their perspectives on this critical topic.”

While recreational marijuana use has been approved in 21 states, and Washington, D.C., truckers are still subject to a federal regulation that bans its use by operators of commercial motor vehicles.

States where legal recreational marijuana has been approved include:

  • Colorado
  • Washington
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
  • Washington, D.C.
  • California
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Michigan
  • Vermont
  • Illinois
  • Arizona
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • New Mexico
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Maryland
  • Missouri