One more sleep to go before Canada’s full legalization of cannabis takes effect.
Before that, though, here are a couple of news updates:
Canadian airlines ban cannabis use among pilots, cabin crew, and mechanics
Canada’s airlines have imposed a cannabis ban on pilots, mechanics, and front-line personnel ahead of Wednesday’s legalization of recreational pot. The ban comes as Transport Canada warns about marijuana being a potential threat to aviation safety.
Among the carriers that have laid down a blanket ban on marijuana use for employees who are directly involved in flight operations are Air Canada, Jazz, and WestJet.
According to Peter Fitzpatrick, Air Canada spokesperson, employees who work in safety-critical areas such as aircraft maintenance and flight operations will be prohibited from using cannabis at all times, whether they are on-duty or off-duty.
This includes personnel on the ground who are involved in operations, like flight dispatchers and mechanics, and employees in the air, like pilots and flight attendants. The rest of Air Canada’s employees are only prohibited from using weed while they are in the workplace or are on-duty.
Fitzpatrick said that the company is acting out of caution based on the current understanding of the effects of consuming the drug. He assured that Air Canada’s policy will be reviewed on a regular basis and will be updated so as to reflect any new information related to recreational cannabis consumption.
Meanwhile, WestJet’s updated policy prohibits employees from using and carrying cannabis at the workplace, on company premises, and at company-related social functions. Just like Air Canada, WestJet employees who are working in safety-sensitive positions are not allowed to use pot even when they are not on duty.
Jazz also introduced a similar policy that bans its employees in safety-critical positions from consuming pot whether they are on or off duty.
As for Nav Canada, it said that it will reveal its cannabis policy for its employees tomorrow. Nav Canada is a private company that runs the air traffic control system in the country.
A Nav Canada spokesperson said that they already have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol- and drug-related impairment.
According to Transport Minister Marc Garneau, employees working in the transport sector are expected to be fit for their job and the legalization of recreational cannabis does not change their obligation.
Will Canadians buy legal pot? 4 in 10 say it depends on the price
Now that legalization approaches, will Canadians buy their recreational cannabis from the black market or from legal distributors? Four out of 10 people said that the price of legal pot will be the determining factor.
A Global News exclusive Ipsos poll shows that almost half of Canadians said they will buy recreational cannabis legally if the government does not price it too high. However, if the price is too steep for them, they are likely to continue the status quo and keep on buying from the black market.
The poll also found that about one-third of Canadian respondents said that they will still obtain pot from the same trusted source pre-legalization. Meanwhile, 14 percent said that they will switch.
Only five percent of the respondents said that will base where they get their pot on the location of the stores.