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Marijuana use incompatible with sea service despite legalization

Despite the fact that marijuana has become at least partially legal in 35 US states, the US Coast Guard says that dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners. This threatens safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. Mariners must avoid using marijuana or any products derived from marijuana that may contain THC, such as CBD oil, USCG highlighted.

The legal implications of Drugs and Alcohol at sea

The Shipowners Club issued a revised edition of its ‘Drugs and Alcohol at Sea’ booklet, to encourage healthy lifestyle onboard. The guide includes signs to assist operators in identifying drug and alcohol related issues onboard, legal implications, as well as loss prevention advice. 

Alcohol and drug prohibitions for vessels in Ireland

The 2016 Annual Report of the Irish MCIB highlighted alcohol and drug consumption continue to be factors in marine incidents. As such, Ireland’s Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice to remind of the law in relation to alcohol and drugs when operating or while onboard vessels within Irish waters. 

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