No Hoots on the Hovercraft After Legalization

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No hoots on the hovercraft after legalization Amendment to Bill C-46 prohibits operating a hovercraft while impaired

Let it never be said that the policy makers behind the biggest Canadian legislative change of the decade fell short on attention to detail. Parliamentary wonks are leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of an ironclad legalization framework suitable for even the most stringent of pedants.

This diligence can be exemplified perfectly in an unassuming clause within Part 2 of Bill C-46, the companion bill being drafted alongside the Cannabis Act to update the terms of the Criminal Code.

Peppered throughout the bill are amendments to various definitions in the existing Criminal Code. They include terms one might expect to see—terms like ‘operate’, ‘approved container’, and ‘qualified medical practitioner’—but some of the definitions are peculiarly specific.

For example, in article 320.11, the term ‘vessel’ is amended to include hovercraft. Sorry, Sterling Archer—still no bayou fanboat benders allowed in the St. Lawrence, and now no hovercraft hijinks either.

If the ban on hovercrafting high has put a damper on your plans for next summer, you may want to sit down before learning that in addition to powered watercraft and hovercraft, other vehicles Canadians will be prohibited from operating within two hours of consuming cannabis include aircraft and railway equipment. Sorry, Wyle E Coyote….

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