(Eleanor Lamb – Transport Topics)
Canadian trucking associations are calling for a zero-tolerance policy for marijuana use among drivers as the country prepares to legalize the drug for recreational purposes in July 2018.
In April, the Canadian government proposed legislation that establishes new “legal limit” drug offenses. According to these guidelines, a tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, the chief psychoactive compound in cannabis) level that falls between 2 and 5 within two hours of driving would warrant a lower-level offense, punishable by a fine. A THC reading of 5 or more within two hours of driving would qualify as a “hybrid offense,” which could be prosecuted by indictment.
According to Louise Yako, president of the British Columbia Trucking Association, any level of intoxication is too high for truck drivers, especially because there is no scientifically established safe level of impairment for marijuana use. Click here to read more.