B.C. Should Have ‘Zero’ Tolerance for Drivers Found to be Intoxicated by Marijuana, Solicitor-General Says

Article by Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail


British Columbia’s solicitor-general says there should be zero tolerance when police stopping drivers find the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

In an interview Saturday, Mike Morris said one question going forward is how much Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the intoxicating part of cannabis, should warrant a finding that a driver is impaired.

“I really like the model, and I believe it’s Australia, where it’s zero,” Mr. Morris said after talking about the issue in response to a question from a delegate at the last B.C. Liberal convention before the May, 2017 election.

He said such a policy would provide certainty in terms of road safety. Earlier, he said he was concerned about increased fatality rates associated with the impaired operation of a vehicle in U.S. jurisdictions that legalized marijuana.

Marijuana-related traffic deaths in Colorado increased by 32 per cent in 2014, the year sales of marijuana for recreational use became legal, according to a 2015 report by the Colorado State Police.

The research found marijuana was a factor in 20 per cent of state traffic fatalities, which was double the number five years before.

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