Gov’t should have bet­ter plan for polic­ing pot use

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - OPINION -

It de­fies logic that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would spend years and mil­lions of dol­lars to le­gal­ize pot and not have a spe­cific plan on polic­ing its use by those driv­ing on the road.

One would as­sume that this would have been a pri­or­ity from the be­gin­ning that it needs to be mon­i­tored and tested as al­co­hol is. The me­dia have been sup­port­ing the en­tire nar­ra­tive of this new­found free­dom for the cit­i­zens of the coun­try, but is there no pro­to­col for law en­force­ment so our chil­dren are pro­tected from pot-smok­ing driv­ers?

Busi­nesses are ex­pected to deal with med­i­cal mar­i­juana in the work­place with­out spe­cific gov­ern­ment guide­lines on how it should be man­aged. Why should busi­nesses have to spend time, money and re­sources — not to men­tion le­gal fees — to put to­gether poli­cies that may not ad­dress what the le­gal sys­tem de­fines as ac­cept­able? Safety guide­lines should be clear to all com­pa­nies on how this should be ad­dressed and this should be forth­com­ing from the Work­place Safety & In­sur­ance Board.

This is a typ­i­cal gov­ern­ment method of han­dling an is­sue. Make up a law or reg­u­la­tion and fig­ure it out as we go along. In the mean­time, they can’t wait to get their hands on the tax wind­fall.

Greg Brk­lacic,

Wind­sor

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