New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Unprepared for Marijuana-Impaired Cases: MADD

Article by Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, CBC News

Federal legalization pending but 2 Atlantic provinces have no legislative framework in place. Once the federal government legalizes the recreational use of marijuana, MADD expects to see an increase in the number of drug-impaired driving cases and says the provinces have to be ready

The head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the Atlantic region is calling on New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to get a legislative framework in place for identifying and cracking down on motorists impaired by marijuana.

“Those incidents can have just as deadly an outcome because impaired by drugs, or impaired by alcohol, you’re impaired,” said Susan MacAskill.

The federal government is expected to legalize recreational marijuana use this spring. With increased availability, MacAskill expects to see an increase in use, an increase in impaired driving, and an increase in injuries and fatalities.

Studies indicate more than half of impaired driving cases already involve drugs alone, or a combination of drugs and alcohol, she said.

Other provinces, such as P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador have legislative frameworks ready to be introduced once they know how federal legalization will work, she said.

But New Brunswick and Nova Scotia do not.

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