Drugs can impair your ability to drive safely and increase the risk of getting into a collision.
Trained police officers can determine if you are under the influence of a drug and can charge you with impaired driving. You can have your license suspended, face fines, criminal charges, and even jail time.
When you drive a vehicle, you need to be alert and focused. Consuming even small amounts of cannabis affects your ability to react and increases your chance of being in a crash.
- Reduces the ability to make decisions quickly
- Reduces the ability to handle unexpected events
- Impairs short term memory and concentration
- Causes drivers to vary speed and to wander
GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL WHILE IMPAIRED BY DRUGS IS NOT ONLY DANGEROUS, IT’S AGAINST THE LAW
Cannabis is not the only drug that affects your ability to drive. Other drugs, including cocaine or even prescribed drugs, such as opioids also pose a significant risk to your safety and the safety of your passengers, other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Over-the-counter medications may also impair your ability to drive.
THE CANNABIS ACT
Canada is the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis nationwide. As of October 17, 2018, cannabis will become legal in Canada.
The Cannabis Act is designed to better protect the health and safety of Canadians, to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth and to keep profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
To buy, possess or use cannabis, you must be of legal age (18 or 19 or older, depending on your province or territory).
The Cannabis Act includes strict penalties for selling or providing cannabis to youth under legal age.
Legal cannabis has an excise stamp appearing in different colours for each province and territory on product labels.
If you use cannabis, learn how to use it responsibly. Know the health effects. Like alcohol and tobacco, cannabis has risks, specially for youth and young aduts.
Don’t drive high or work impaired. Cannabis can impair your ability to operate vehicles or equipment safely. Driving while impaired by cannabis or any other drug is a serious criminal offence.
If you possess cannabis, store it away from children, youth and pets.
It’s illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border, whether you’re leaving or coming to Canada. This applies to all countries, whether cannabis is legal there or not.
Under the Cannabis Act, access to cannabis for medical purposes will continue to be provided to those who are authorized by their healthcare practitioner.