RCMP shares dramatic video on eve of cannabis legalization

Oct 16 2018, 10:21 pm

With less than 24 hours to go until cannabis legalization in Canada, the RCMP have shared a dramatic video entitled Shattered to “start a discussion” with youth on the dangers and consequences of substance misuse and drug impaired driving.

The force says the video is meant to be used during school talks and “youth engagement opportunities.”

Earlier this summer, the Canadian government said it would be investing  $919,065 over three years to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to “help advance scientific knowledge on the impacts of cannabis on drivers ranging in age from 19 to 45.”

The study aims to help determine how THC can affect driving across ages and genders, and whether things like risk-taking and reaction time are modified by increased levels of THC.

“While we have known for a long time that cannabis use affects our ability to drive, more in-depth and targeted knowledge is necessary to set limits for blood concentrations of THC,” said Professor Bruna Brands, Research Scientist at Health Canada and Collaborating Scientist at CAMH. “This research will enable us to set such limits, comparable to those which were set for alcohol several decades ago.”

The study will be completed by June 2020, but the new cannabis-impairment laws will come into force later this year.

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