Friday, May 27, 2022

Marijuana violations have taken over 10,000 truck drivers off the road this year, adding more supply chain disruptions

(Stacker) - Delayed packages, bare grocery store shelves, and inflated prices have become the norm for American consumers over the past two years. While the COVID-19 pandemic has been the catalyst, there are other challenges causing supply chain issues, including a lack of truck drivers to transport goods from one place to another. In late 2021, the American Trucking Associations reported that the driver shortage had risen to an all-time high of 80,000, partly due to the aging population and shrinking wages. 

In response, the Biden administration vowed in December to get more truck drivers on the road by boosting recruitment efforts and expediting the issuing of commercial licenses. However, that won’t have an effect on another hurdle: disparate marijuana laws across the U.S. that are contributing to an increase in violations. In 2022, a growing number of truckers are being taken off the job, which could soon worsen the already suffering supply chain.


  1. I spent 30 years as a Teamster Trucker, the last 15 as a car hauler. Almost half of the time as a Shop steward. Car haulers made good money.especially as a Teamster. Drive the truck, load the cars, call the company when the truck broke and wait on the clock.
    I asked a terminal manager once about hiring drivers. He told me out of 100 applications, he might be able to hire 5 because of drugs.
    I retired in 2002 with my 30. I see guys on the road today and shake my head. Accidents waiting to happen.

    1. Back in 2010 I was hiring for a labourer job, no skills needed $25/hr to start plus paid travel hrs. We did work at gas plants. Only condition was clean driving record and pass a piss test.

      Out of 23 applicants one passed both. 2 had DuI's and suspended licenses and 20 failed a piss test. The one who passed both was a 60 year old women looking for work after a divorce.


  2. At an interstate rest area in Colorado a few years ago, I was talking with a State Patrol officer. In the course of our conversation, she mentioned that DWI arrests had spiked due to the recent liberalization of marijuana laws.

    Meanwhile, she was eyeing a car nearby with several young people who had stopped for a "smoke break."
    When it drove away, she got into her patrol vehicle with a grim smile.
    "Duty calls," she said.

    I nodded thoughtfully and wished her a pleasant day.

    1. I find it amazing how many people don't realize that yes, you can get a Driving Under the INFLUENCE charge for being under the influence of alcohol or any drug that impairs you.

  3. 10,000 truckers cruising down singing Willy Nelson

  4. Recently spent a weeks holiday in Flagstaff/Grand Canyon AZ (beautiful, BTW) Considered imbibing, seeing as it's legal there. Decided against it, because I knew sure as shit I'd prolly get pissed tested upon my return. Not worth risking a 30-year professional driving career.


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