7 States Pass Marijuana use Initiatives while FMCSA stands Firm on the Regulations

Aside from all of the Presidential action in the spotlight last week, voters in several states approved laws permitting the use of marijuana. 

Laws legalizing the recreational (personal) use of marijuana was passed in:

  • California
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada

That makes a total of 8 states (and Washington D.C.) that permit the personal use of marijuana with Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington.

Medical Marijuana was approved in:

  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • North Dakota

Voters in Montana approved an initiative to re-establish patients' access to medical marijuana with state's existing medical marijuana law.

In total, 29 states (and Washington D.C.) now approve of the use of medical marijuana, in some form.

A legalization initiative in Arizona lost with voters rejecting Proposition 205….. 52% against 48% for.
According to a report from the Associated Press, nearly a quarter of the U.S. population — upwards of 80 million Americans — now live in states with legalized recreational pot.
With last Tuesday’s vote, 28 states now allow medical marijuana.
Last Wednesday, FMCSA spokesperson Duane DeBruyne reaffirmed the DOT’s stance on Marijuana has not changed.   The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40, at 40.151(e) – does not authorize “medical marijuana” under a state law to be a valid medical explanation for a transportation employee’s positive drug test result. 
Please click on the link below to read the FMCSA statement regarding medicinal and recreational use marijuana that was released last November: