Safety NL Suggests Zero-Tolerance For Marijuana

June 4th, 2018
  • Safety NL Suggests Zero-Tolerance For Marijuana

    An organization dedicated to road safety likes the province’s focus on impaired driving associated with the pending legalization of cannabis, but wonders if zero-tolerance might be the better way to go.

    Zero-tolerance will be in place for novice drivers, those under the age of 22, and commercial truck drivers, but all others will be able to consume a small amount and still drive. Determining THC levels in a person’s body is a difficult and lengthy task, sometimes taking up to six months before results come in.

    The obstacle is that law enforcement does not yet have a roadside screening device. Officers have to conduct a field sobriety test, then call in a drug recognition expert to determine the level of impairment.

    Lloyd Hobbs, vice-president of programs with Safety NL, says government should consider temporary measures until a device similar to the breathalyzer is available. Until that time, he’d like to see zero-tolerance for all drivers.

    Posted on June 4th, 2018