Article by Global News
The military is currently wrestling with the implications of legalization, Canada’s top general says – including time restrictions on using the drug before going on duty.
“We’re going to try to be smart about it,” chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vancesaid on Monday. “But in the end, this is dangerous duty, this is serious duty for the country, and we don’t want people doing it stoned.”
Vance’s comments came during an appearance before the Senate defence committee, where he was largely grilled on the troubled military procurement system, peacekeeping and efforts to stamp out sexual misconduct in the Forces.
But with the clock ticking down toward legalization in the summer or early fall, the question of how the military plans to address marijuana use by service members was particularly topical.
“We are looking at it,” Vance told the committee. “I am very soon to make decisions on the specific and unique circumstances associated with military service that would preclude someone from using cannabis at a particular point in time.”
The general played down suggestions of a complete ban or prohibition on marijuana use by military personnel or even certain occupations such as pilots, adding that he plans to take a common-sense approach that “follows the law of the land.”