Portable Sanitation Association International

July 04, 2018 Newsletter v2

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WEEKLY EDITION July 4, 2018 Legal Marijuana: Driving the Portable Sanitation Industry Crazy Part 1 By Karleen Kos, PSAI Executive Director Last week vote rs in Oklahoma passed a measure that legalized the use of marijuana. Its supporters touted it as a bill allowing the use of pot for "medicinal" purposes. On Sunday, July 1, recreational use of marijuana in Vermont became legal, adding to a growing list of states that allow their residents to take a toke of doob whenever they feel like it. While this might be good news for the people who make Doritos, this spells hassle for portable sanitation companies. Whether the possession and use of pot is allowed in y our state or not, drivers are not allowed to have it in their systems if they operate your trucks. Pot is popular and the issue is real. Recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2014. Since then it has also become legal in Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. A Gallup poll from late last year indicates a 64% approval for legalization overall and, for the first time, 51% of conservative voters also approve. According to an April 2017 poll by Yahoo News and Marist College , more than half of Americans have tried the stuff, and 35 million are regular users. In May 2018 the annual Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index showed that marijuana use is up among federally mandated safety - sensitive workers such as truck drivers, and employers are being faced with more causes to require a test. Positive tests among these workers, which include truck drivers, were up nearly 8% in states where marijuana has been legalized. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New Titanium Membership Levels Bring Opportunities for your Company By Karleen Kos, PSAI Executive Director and Rand Retterath, PSAI Marketing Director Evolving company needs and r ecent marketplace consolidations have necessitated the re - evaluation of the PSAI's membership strategies. The result? Titanium Membership is now available and is availab le to everyone . CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 P AGE 1

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