Treat Cannabis like Al­co­hol

Ottawa Citizen - - LETTERS -

In Canada, al­co­hol is a con­trolled sub­stance and ex­ces­sive con­sump­tion can leave one un­der the in­flu­ence and im­paired. There­fore the sale and use of al­co­hol is con­trolled by age and its con­sump­tion is re­stricted to your home and/or a li­censed lo­ca­tion. Busi­nesses do not al­low em­ploy­ees on duty to be “un­der the in­flu­ence.”

To­bacco is also a con­trolled sub­stance, though with no risk of be­ing “un­der the in­flu­ence.” How­ever, there are col­lat­eral health is­sues for peo­ple in the vicin­ity of users, so gen­er­ally to­bacco smok­ing is not al­lowed in the work­place, restau­rants, many parks, etc.

Recre­ational and med­i­cal cannabis is also a con­trolled sub­stance and ex­ces­sive use can re­sult in be­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and im­paired. The sale and use of cannabis will be con­trolled by age. There is some ev­i­dence that sec­ond-hand cannabis smoke has med­i­cal side-ef­fects.

It fol­lows that the sale of cannabis should be con­trolled like al­co­hol; that is, it can be used only in pri­vate res­i­dences or li­censed fa­cil­i­ties lo­ca­tions. Em­ploy­ees un­der the in­flu­ence (im­paired/stoned) should face dis­ci­plinary mea­sures.

Edi­ble cannabis prod­ucts and bev­er­ages in­fused with cannabis prod­ucts, and med­i­cal cannabis, should fol­low the same reg­u­la­tions.

Bob Lewis, Ot­tawa

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