Change can be hard, and one of the biggest changes to Canadian impaired driving laws will happen next year when marijuana is legalized in the country. Right now there seems to be more questions than answers as to how Canadian impaired driving laws will change and how drugged drivers will be penalized. But as far as how marijuana will be sold, Newfoundland and Labrador seem to have a preliminary plan.
According to the latest details released by the province, marijuana will be sold in private stores. Just like how the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) monitors the sale of alcohol, they’ll also license and regulate the sale of marijuana. That means the NLC won’t actually sell the drug, but they’ll closely monitor distribution and set prices.
In order to give NLC the power to control the sale of marijuana, the local Liquor Corporation Act will need to be amended. That will give the Crown corporation the power to buy, sell, import, and control sales and delivery of cannabis, and they will even be able to control online sales for remote areas. The province hopes that by doing this, they’ll put profit into the pockets of the local government and not illegal dealers.
It looks like Newfoundland and Labrador have everything figured out about how to sell cannabis, but they aren’t completely sure how they’ll be able to monitor drugged driving. The good news is that they have taken steps in the right direction by passing an all offender ignition interlock law. This new law will keep both drunk and drugged drivers off the roads by forcing them to submit an alcohol-free breath sample whenever they start their vehicle.
The Newfoundland and Labrador ignition interlock law is in line with the potential changes to the Canadian impaired driving laws. Along with strict regulations for the sale of cannabis, Newfoundland and Labrador seem as though they’re on the way to being prepared for what may come with the legalization of marijuana.
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