Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana | Rig Hauler

Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana

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Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana Photo Credit: CMElixirs

The federal government in Canada has recently proposed standards to determine what could be considered as impaired driving under the influence of marijuana. According to the current legislation, the presence of more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, the psychoactive component in marijuana, can classify as grounds for serious crime. However, trucking companies opine that standards should be stricter since, with marijuana, there are no obvious signs of impairment as in the case of alcohol. This makes it difficult for employers to determine if there is probable cause to test for impairment.
The trucking industry is suggesting zero tolerance towards drivers using marijuana since they will be sharing the road with smaller vehicles and impairment could put several lives at risk. The industry is demanding that policymakers establish a clear framework of rules and regulations surrounding the use of marijuana by drivers and follow it up with proper education of both employers and employees.
Meanwhile, marijuana legalization activists argue that the apprehension over marijuana-induced impairment is unnecessary since there are no studies that show a definitive correlation between THC levels and impairment.

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