< Browse more articles

Pot stocks are soaring as the market waits for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deliver on his campaign commitment to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana in the spring of 2017. But the rush to open up the regulated sale of Marijuana has left key issues on workplace and road safety unaddressed.

This oversight has occurred despite a sobering warning issued last year by a drug enforcement official in Colorado who told the Canadian government that the legalization of Marijuana is “going to be a lot harder to implement than you think.”

To highlight these concerns, the OWMA sent a letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Nov. 17 that recommends several legal changes to deal with drug impairment on the job.

These include:

  • Establishing a clear definition of impairment,
  • Creating strict penalties for drug-impaired driving,
  • Developing a legally acceptable roadside testing protocol for Marijuana impairment,
  • Promoting a national education campaign on the dangers of drug-impaired driving, and,
  • Setting standards for employers to prevent drug impairment in the workplace.

Following the announcement by the federal government on April 20, 2016, that it would legalize Marijuana within a year, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould formed a taskforce, chaired by former Liberal deputy prime minister Anne McLellan, to advise on the development of a legalization plan. The taskforce is expected to soon deliver its report to the federal government.