MILITARY WRESTLES WITH THE ISSUE OF LEGAL MARIJUANA

Feb 26, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Defence chief General Jonathan Vance says the military is giving deep consideration to the implications of marijuana legalization – including whether to set  time periods – between when a member of the forces uses the drug – and when they go on duty.

Vance says he doesn’t envision a complete ban or prohibition on military personnel – or even certain occupations such as pilots – and he plans to take a common-sense approach that follows the law of the land.

But he says service members do dangerous and serious work – and he doesn’t want them to do it stoned.

And Vance says that’s why certain restrictions will need to be adopted – which is already the case with alcohol.

The issue isn’t unique to the military – with police forces, commercial airlines and other industries and organizations facing the same questions.

The military’s surgeon general is looking at different initiatives to get a better understanding of the effects of the drug, including how long its effects last.

Vance says the priority is to make sure military personnel – and those around them – are safe.

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