Canadian military facing legalised cannabis challenges

The Canadian Forces is developing a draught policy on marijuana use once it becomes legal in Canada. Special occupations like pilots may face strong restrictions on use however. Photo: Canadian Press

Canadian military facing legalised cannabis challenges

Share

(scroll to bottom to submit public comments -these will be added after moderating)

Marijuana: no complete ban on use by military personal

In appearing before a Senate defence committee in February of this year Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen.  Jonathan Vance commented that the military is “trying to be smart” about the cannabis issue as legalisation looms for recreational use of the drug.

 “But in the end, this is dangerous duty, this is serious duty for the country, and we don’t want people doing it stoned.” Gen. Jonathan Vance

He added that decisions would be made “on the specific and unique circumstances associated with military service that would preclude someone from using cannabis at a particular point in time.”

The military’s chief of personnel, LGen Chuck Lamarre, said that a new draught policy for personnel has been created which would respect the proposed new law, but that there will be restrictions on use, noting that if the law says simple possession is legal, then the military can’t ban it outright.

A Canadian LAV-III of 1 PPCLI in Zgon Bosnia-Herzogovina in Nov 2002. Alcohol has been banned on certain Canadian overseas missions, marijuana may face the same restrictions. Photo: Combat Camera MCpl Paul MacGregor

Quoted by the CBC he said, “Canadians are expecting our operational readiness and our ability to do our business must never be compromised”.

In 2017, the military’s Judge Advocate General said marijuana use raises safety and operational concerns, but would have to attempt a balance between safety, discipline and civil rights once the drug is legalised.

The military has restrictions on use of alcohol, including total bans on some overseas operational missions, and marijuana restrictions could be similar and even wider ranging in some functions, such as pilots.

The commanders of the three branches, army, air force, and navy, as well as the special forces commander, have also been asked to identify jobs, tasks, and areas where rules on use of cannabis need to strengthened in light of coming legalisation and the specific requirements of certain occupations and operational circumstances in each of their particular areas.

A member of Canada’s special forces group JTF-2 on a practice mission in Manitoba. Commanders of special forces, and the army, air force and navy have been asked to identify specific occupations where cannabis use needs to face stiffer restrictions. Photoi: Adrian Wyld- CP

The new policy would affect all uniformed military personnel, as well as directives for the 30,000 civilian staff directly and indirectly supporting the military.

Currently the Canadian Forces have a zero-tolerance policy on drug use, with  drug-testing policy for safety-sensitive positions. There has been internal pressure from commanders to increase the number of occupations subject to drug testing.

LGen Lamarre has said with legalisation, he doesn’t expect use in the military to increase in a significant way, noting that the general attitude in the military is to be involved in challenging jobs and things that hinder their abilities tend to be avoided.

Additional information-sources
Share
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Health, Politics, Society

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

*