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ATRI launches survey on marijuana legalization

Feb. 16, 2023
The American Transportation Research Institute's survey seeks to find out how carriers are reacting to increased legalization, what challenges they face, and how best to adapt.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has launched a survey seeking motor carrier input on the impact of marijuana legalization on the trucking industry’s workforce. This research was identified as a top priority in 2022 by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee and will expand on ATRI’s 2019 study on the impacts of marijuana legalization on roadway safety, according to a press release.

Motor carrier staff and executives familiar with driver recruitment, retention, and drug testing practices and trends are asked to share their input through the online survey. This research should provide insight into the specific challenges motor carriers face as the use of recreational marijuana grows in the U.S. The findings should also provide insight into approaches the industry can take to address these challenges.

Participants can take the confidential survey online through March 17. Questions to carriers include information on testing practices and demographics as well as questions concerning the participants’ opinions on marijuana and regulation.

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“States are moving quickly to legalize recreational marijuana use,” said Fred Fakkema, VP of safety and compliance at Zonar Systems and chairman of the American Trucking Associations’ Law Enforcement Advisory Board.  “This rapid change directly impacts fleets and their workforce; ATRI’s research will help quantify those impacts.”

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