CANADA: Canada’s stance on the legal use of marijuana remains somewhat ambiguous, with rules and their implementation varying on a case-by-case basis.
Certain parts of the marijuana debate, most notably the legality of medical marijuana, the recreational use of pot and the hesitance of some law enforcement agencies to crack down on it, continue to be discussed at length. But there has been little argument about what users can and should do while under the influence – most notably, refrain from operating motor vehicles.
Driving under the influence of drugs is illegal across Canada, and several provinces have already laid out strict punishments for the action. Ontario will soon strengthen its own, when the government approves a new set of amendments for traffic laws in the province.
Bill 31, unambiguously called the Transportation Statue Law Amendment Act, was introduced before the previous provincial election and will soon return to Queen’s Park.