Cannabis law a threat too

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Front Page -

COVID-19 IS NOT THE ONLY HEALTH RISK WE should be fo­cused on, Road Trans­port Fo­rum chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Leggett be­lieves – rais­ing con­cerns that cannabis le­gal­i­sa­tion laws will slip through un­no­ticed with so much fo­cus on the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Leggett wants peo­ple – par­tic­u­larly those in the road trans­port in­dus­try – to recog­nise the po­ten­tial threat to safety on the roads and in the work­place raised by the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed Cannabis Le­gal­i­sa­tion and Con­trol Bill.

Vot­ers in the gen­eral elec­tion on Septem­ber 19 will be asked whether they do or do not sup­port the pro­posed Bill….which, Leggett is at pains to point out, is about le­gal­is­ing mar­i­juana for recre­ational use, not merely medic­i­nal.

Leggett says the pro­posal gives “no con­sid­er­a­tion for work­place and road safety, in a coun­try where the num­ber of peo­ple be­ing killed on the roads by drug-im­paired driv­ers is higher than those killed by driv­ers above the le­gal al­co­hol limit.

“We have a drug prob­lem in NZ. Road freight trans­port com­pa­nies know that and have drug test­ing regimes to en­sure safety within their com­pa­nies.

“But if this leg­is­la­tion passes, there will be no guar­an­tees for those pro­fes­sional driv­ers go­ing out onto the road, where there are other road users who are legally high.”


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