Aug 15, 2018. Dutch peackeepers exit a Canadian Forces helicopter in Mali deployed on MINUSMA. New policy for CF personnel say regardless of legalisation of cannabis any Canadian personnel deployed overseas are prohibited from using it. (Cpl Ken Beliwicz)

Canada’s military and legalised cannabis

Share

With the coming legalisation of recreational use of cannabis, Canada’s military has been working to develop a policy to deal with the situation.

A draught policy has just been released by the Department of National Defence with just over a month before legalisation expected on October 17 which will make legal the use of recreational cannabis

The policy basically requires personnel to remain fit and “deployable” and maintain a “state of readiness”   It also requires avoidance of any impairment that would affect safe and effective performance of duty, and has established penalties for misuse.

The new policy also points out the psychological impairments of use which could jeopardise safety and effectiveness of the military member, and the physical effects such as that smoking (anything) can harm the lungs thereby also reducing fitness.

It says meanwhile that consuming cannabis and possession is allowed only if in accordance with all federal, provincial, territorial and municipal laws, and any applicable foreign laws but sets a number of restrictions related to service duty.

The new policy also points out that import or export of cannabis, even medicinal, across the Canadian border is illegal. It also notes that  it is illegal to take any cannabis across international borders.

HMCS VANCOUVER turns as the ship heads towards Pearl Harbor during Operation PROJECTION 10 April 2018. New CF policy says there will be no cannabis use in or aboard any DND vessel, vehicle, or aircraft. (Photo: Master Corporal Brent Kenny, MARPAC Imaging Services

As for rules, Canadian Forces members will not be allowed to consume cannabis 8 hours before duty, or expected duty, and none on duty.

Also no consumption during an operation, exercise, or collective training.

Consumption or possession is prohibited while on or in any vessel, aircraft of vehicle, operated by the Department of Defence, or in support of the CF. The policy also states there can be no cannabis consumption during basic training, or on any overseas operation.

In addition to the 8 hour limit prior to duty, more extensive limits are established for specific situations.

There can be no consumption for 24 hours before

  • -handling any weapon or weapons system,
  • -before a scheduled emergency response training exercise,
  • -operation of a vehicle
  • -servicing or testing components of aircraft
  • -parachuting, rapelling, or fast roping exercise, or packing of such equipment
  • -operation of a laser
  • -dealing with bulk fuel

The policy sets a 28 day prohibition prior to

  • -diving, hyperbaric chamber use or operation, service on a submarine
  • -serving as any part of an aircrew
  • -controlling unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)

Cannabis use is totally prohibited during any international operation or posting outside of Canada.

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.

*