Federal Introduce Legislation to Legalize Marijuana raises Workplace/Public Safety Key Consideration for Truckers

 

The Federal Liberal government presented its hotly anticipated enactment today which lays out the parameters for consummation the extremely old dis-allowance on cannabis and controls it for recreational utilize.

The bill marks off a noteworthy Liberal crusade guarantee. In presenting the enactment, the legislature said it is focused on building up a roadside testing convention to battle weakened driving – the subtle elements of which still can’t seem to be worked out yet which could include a regulatory authorizing framework until the science makes up for lost time with the requirement for an impedance by maryjane cut/off level.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has been connecting with businesses of wellbeing delicate occupations in different enterprises to guarantee that shields and directions are set up before pot winds up noticeably legitimate so that work environment and open security is not disabled and manager and representative duties and rights are unmistakably characterized.

“Employers in industries like trucking have a paramount responsibility for the safety of our employees and of the motoring public with whom we share the road,” says David Bradley, CEO of CTA. “We are asking for a per cut off limit for impairment like .08 for alcohol; a practical and lest evasive roadside test; and the regulatory framework for employers to conduct workplace testing of employees in safety-sensitive occupations, including random testing.”

There has been discussion of an interim proposed cut-off for roadside testing that would allow for only a trace amount in the bloodstream or basically zero tolerance.

“If that’s the case, it’s imperative there be an accompanying workplace testing regime aligned with the US alcohol and drug testing program that has existed for over 20 years in the transportation sector,” Bradley says.

Bradley said the legislation introduced today is “enabling” legislation, meaning it gives the government the authority to make regulations.

“This is where the real work will be,” he says. “All these things – such as roadside and workplace testing – should be in place before legalization takes place in a practical sense.”

Bradley said he believes the federal government is sensitive to the issues raised by CTA and other employers, “but there is still a lot to do.”

The legislation also proposes to set the national legal age of consumption at 18 years and the possession limit at 30 grams of dried cannabis per person. Consumers can grow up to four plants at home or buy from a licensed retailer. The legislation provides for ticketing for possession that exceeds the personal limit, or up to 14 years in jail for an illegal distribution or sale or for giving or selling marijuana to minors.