Veteran truck driver blames CBD oil for failed drug test, job loss – WLWT Cincinnati

Mike Harris and his partner Debbie Martin are worried CBD oil could cost them everything.”I just want to get back to work and, you know, keep my truck,” Harris said.”I don’t want to lose our house. And I don’t want to lose his truck,” Martin said. “We’ve worked so hard for what we’ve got.”Harris said he’s logged around three million miles driving a tractor-trailer. But he’s concerned his days hauling hazardous materials are over because of a failed drug test.”If he was a drug-head, he would have been out of here,” Martin said.”Learn from what happened to me, even though I didn’t make a mistake, you know, cause I don’t use drugs,” Harris said.In the more than two decades Harris has been driving a tractor-trailer he’s taken several random drug tests. So he wasn’t worried when he was asked to take a test in July.”I know that I was gonna pass it,” Harris said. “About four days later they called and said I tested positive for marijuana. And with zero tolerance in my job I was done.”Both Harris and Martin, who’s also a truck driver, were stunned.”It had to be a mix-up, because, you know, he’s never failed one in 25 years,” Martin said.But within the past year, Harris started using CBD oil to soothe sore muscles and pain from a knee surgery.”It helped my knees, you know, a lot. It really did,” he said.When Harris decided to try CBD, he and Martin asked the person selling it if it would cause any problems on a drug test, since CBD is made from hemp, a cousin of the marijuana plant. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that makes a person high. It’s also found in much lower amounts in hemp.”That was the first question I asked, because of my concern for my job,” Harris said.”And they guaranteed, guaranteed that we wouldn’t have an issue,” Martin added.”There are some vendors out there that are not educating the customers properly,” Jason Friedman said.Jason Friedman, an expert on CBD, runs a store called Ohio CBD Guy. He said people selling oils, topicals and gummies need to let customers know that even trace amounts of THC in CBD oil can lead to a failed drug test.”They’re telling them that these full-spectrum products have such a low level that it won’t show up in your drug test, but it can,” Friedman said.Harris told WLWT investigator Todd Dykes he used CBD on the day of his drug test, just like he’d been doing since last fall. After finding out he failed the test, he stopped using CBD. Harris said a week later he took a home drug test and passed and then passed another test to keep his commercial driver’s license the following week.Adding to the frustration Harris and Martin feel is the fact that the label on the product Harris used makes no mention of THC.”There’s nothing, absolutely nothing on there that would indicate that there’s any THC or anything in it,” Martin said.Martin and Harris are sharing their story to warn others to be cautious when it comes to CBD.”I don’t want anybody to go through this,” Martin said, tearfully. “It’s just awful psychologically, not even to mention financially.””You do the same thing for 20-plus years and then all of a sudden you got nothing,” Harris said. “Trying to readjust at 56 years old is kind of, kind of tough.”It’s important to point out that the growing CBD industry is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which means standards and labeling are still not uniform, so people buying products with CBD need to do their own homework.

Mike Harris and his partner Debbie Martin are worried CBD oil could cost them everything.

“I just want to get back to work and, you know, keep my truck,” Harris said.

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“I don’t want to lose our house. And I don’t want to lose his truck,” Martin said. “We’ve worked so hard for what we’ve got.”

Harris said he’s logged around three million miles driving a tractor-trailer. But he’s concerned his days hauling hazardous materials are over because of a failed drug test.

“If he was a drug-head, he would have been out of here,” Martin said.

“Learn from what happened to me, even though I didn’t make a mistake, you know, cause I don’t use drugs,” Harris said.

In the more than two decades Harris has been driving a tractor-trailer he’s taken several random drug tests. So he wasn’t worried when he was asked to take a test in July.

“I know that I was gonna pass it,” Harris said. “About four days later they called and said I tested positive for marijuana. And with zero tolerance in my job I was done.”

Both Harris and Martin, who’s also a truck driver, were stunned.

“It had to be a mix-up, because, you know, he’s never failed one in 25 years,” Martin said.

But within the past year, Harris started using CBD oil to soothe sore muscles and pain from a knee surgery.

“It helped my knees, you know, a lot. It really did,” he said.

When Harris decided to try CBD, he and Martin asked the person selling it if it would cause any problems on a drug test, since CBD is made from hemp, a cousin of the marijuana plant. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that makes a person high. It’s also found in much lower amounts in hemp.

“That was the first question I asked, because of my concern for my job,” Harris said.

“And they guaranteed, guaranteed that we wouldn’t have an issue,” Martin added.

“There are some vendors out there that are not educating the customers properly,” Jason Friedman said.

Jason Friedman, an expert on CBD, runs a store called Ohio CBD Guy. He said people selling oils, topicals and gummies need to let customers know that even trace amounts of THC in CBD oil can lead to a failed drug test.

“They’re telling them that these full-spectrum products have such a low level that it won’t show up in your drug test, but it can,” Friedman said.

Harris told WLWT investigator Todd Dykes he used CBD on the day of his drug test, just like he’d been doing since last fall. After finding out he failed the test, he stopped using CBD. Harris said a week later he took a home drug test and passed and then passed another test to keep his commercial driver’s license the following week.

Adding to the frustration Harris and Martin feel is the fact that the label on the product Harris used makes no mention of THC.

“There’s nothing, absolutely nothing on there that would indicate that there’s any THC or anything in it,” Martin said.

Martin and Harris are sharing their story to warn others to be cautious when it comes to CBD.

“I don’t want anybody to go through this,” Martin said, tearfully. “It’s just awful psychologically, not even to mention financially.”

“You do the same thing for 20-plus years and then all of a sudden you got nothing,” Harris said. “Trying to readjust at 56 years old is kind of, kind of tough.”

It’s important to point out that the growing CBD industry is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which means standards and labeling are still not uniform, so people buying products with CBD need to do their own homework.

Source: https://www.wlwt.com/article/veteran-truck-driver-blames-cbd-oil-for-failed-drug-test-job-loss/28965852

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