Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
For all the medical cannabis patients rightfully worried about being thrown in jail for driving while medicated, there’s good news- at least for those who live in Ontario.
Bill 174, aka the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Statute Law Amendment Act, contains an important amendment to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act.
The act states that: “Exceptions are made to the rules respecting driving with a drug in the body if a police officer is satisfied that the driver is legally authorized to use the drug for medical purposes.”
What does Bill 147 mean for drivers?
Bill 174 came into force as soon as it received Royal Assent, which was back in December 2017, and while it is great that the Ontario government has recognized that medicating does not automatically mean intoxicated, it still leaves it up to the officer’s discretion. It’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card.