ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is calling on Health Canada
to restrict commercial truck drivers from using medical marijuana while
on the job and says there should be more oversight from the medical
community who are prescribing the drug to workers in safety sensitive
In a letter to Health Canada, the CTA restated its position on that
there should be a zero tolerance policy for drivers when it comes to
operating a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of the
The national lobbying organization said that while truck drivers
already have an exemplary safety record, impending legalization will
carry greater risks for motor carriers and have a significant impact on
society and the workplace.
The CTA is asking the Government of Canada to follow the approach
used in the United States and not differentiate between recreation and
medical use of marijuana when it comes to truck drivers, in addition to
holding prescribing physicians more accountable.
“As we understand it, many prescribing physicians are unaware of what
their patients do for a living,” says CTA president Stephen Laskowski.
“In turn, some people who are medically authorized to use marijuana
might believe this somehow exempts them from impaired driving laws.
Obviously in the case of safety sensitive work, such as trucking which
shares its workplace with the motoring public, this can be of serious
The CTA believes prescribing physicians should be required to sign a
document saying they are aware of what their patient does for a living.
“If the true goal is public safety for all road users then it
shouldn’t matter whether it’s being used for recreational or medicinal
purposes,” says Laskowski. “Commercial drivers are already held to the
highest standards of safety and this shouldn’t be any different.”
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