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Dresser v. MEBA Med. & Benefits Plan, No. 10-30301

By FindLaw Staff on December 29, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Challenge to NTSB License Suspension

In Dresser v. MEBA Med. & Benefits Plan, No. 10-30301, an action challenging the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) suspension of plaintiff as a licensed marine engineer based on his marijuana use, the court affirmed the dismissal of the complaint where the Coast Guard and NTSB statutory and regulatory scheme provided for judicial review, but only in a court of appeals, and only after an appeal to the NTSB.

As the court wrote:  "Christopher J. Dresser was a licensed marine engineer.   The United States Coast Guard initiated a Suspension and Revocation (S & R) action against Dresser's license after the Coast Guard was notified that Dresser had tested positive for tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC), a metabolite detected in the urine of those who have ingested marijuana."

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