DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Mariners thinking that a little recreational use of marijuana is just fine, could see their credentials go up in smoke.
With states such as Washington and Colorado legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a notice warning mariners, marine employers, Medical Reviewing Officers and the public that a ban remains in place for the use of marijuana by those serving in safety-sensitive positions in the maritime transportation industry.
The Coast Guard says it is important to note that marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Among the other drugs listed on Schedule I are LSD, opiods, psychedelics, heroin, and quaaludes.
The Coast Guard says that it remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee serving in the maritime industry and subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana.