Justice Ministers Raise Concerns About Impact of Legalized Pot on Road Safety

Article by Michael MacDonald, CBC News


The federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana has some provincial politicians raising concerns about drug-impaired driving.

Three provincial justice ministers made a point of highlighting the issue Friday at the conclusion of a meeting in Halifax between federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her provincial and territorial counterparts.

Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi was the first to bring it up during a news conference, saying the province is also keen to ensure there are measures to protect youth and focus on harm reduction.

“We want to make sure there are appropriate safeguards at the provincial level when it comes to protecting the vulnerable,” he said. “[We want to] ensure that we have appropriate road safety measures to keep our roads the safest in the country.”

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