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ATRI seeks truck driver input on legalized marijuana impacts on trucking

April 4, 2023
The survey, which will remain open through April 28, asks for driver workforce and safety perspectives related to new state laws that legalize recreational use of marijuana.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) 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 2023 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky, where more than 300 drivers completed the survey. ATRI has now placed the survey online for additional driver input. The survey will remain open through April 28.

See also: Are truck drivers choosing marijuana over their jobs?

ATRI’s marijuana impacts 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.

The survey follows a similar one issued to motor carrier staff and executives in February.

“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.”

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