T(HC)-Minus One Week And Counting

October 10th, 2018


We’re just one week away from the official legalization of cannabis.

Newfoundland and Labrador, due to the time difference, will be the first place in Canada to have legal cannabis for sale, though edibles will still be prohibited.

Several events are planned around the province, including the founder and CEO of Canopy Bruce Linton travelling to St. John’s to mark the occasion. In Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, local entrepreneur Thomas Clarkewill be hosting national media as the first local business to sell legal weed.

Concerns Remain About Impact on Impaired Driving

But still serious questions remain particularly as it relates to consuming and driving.

The Canadian Automobile Association has conducted a study to see how long a person should wait to drive after consuming cannabis. It found that 20 per cent of young Canadians asked believe they are as good or better drivers stoned as they are sober.

Vice President of Marketing and Communications with the CAA, Gary Howard told Paddy Daly on the VOCM Morning Show they put young people in driving simulators after consuming cannabis and the results were clear.

He says they put drivers through a series of challenges, like merging into a lane, driving through intersections and dealing with distracted driving. He says increasingly, they were not able to react effectively.

Howard says driving high is driving impaired.

He says the findings were very similar to someone driving drunk including poor coordination, slower reaction time while decision-making and the ability to concentrate were diminished.

Posted on October 10th, 2018