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The Canadian military will not be in a position to impose an outright ban on the use of recreational marijuana, but its restrictions will be more wide-ranging than its policy governing alcohol, says a senior commander.
A draft policy is waiting in the wings for the Liberal government to pass C-45, the cannabis legalization bill, which was sent back from the Senate to the House of Commons with a long list of amendments last week.
The new policy “allows us to respect the law,” Lt.-Gen. Chuck Lamarre, chief of military personnel, said in a recent interview.
“But at the same time, I think Canadians are expecting our operational readiness and our ability to do our business must never be compromised.”
The directive will cover everyone in uniform but also offer guidance for the 30,000 civilian employees of National Defence who support military operations, directly and indirectly.
The use of alcohol in the Canadian military has been subjected to various restrictions, and even outright bans, during some overseas operations.
What Lamarre and his team appear to be proposing, after months of legal and medical study, is essentially an expansion of that regime to reflect the unique nature of cannabis.