Friends Don't Let Friends… Uh, Got Any Brownies?

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July 1st was truly a landmark day for Canadian motorists. In addition to the start of a cell phone ban in Quebec and a carbon tax in British Columbia, drivers across Canada now face huge penalties for driving while stoned. No longer can Canadians re-create the infamous Cheech & Chong hotboxed car sketch. The CNews reports that police can now require drivers to submit to roadside drug tests. In addition, police can force suspected stoned motorists to go to a hospital or a police station for further testing. The whopping penalty for driving under the influence of drugs: CA$1,000 (minimum) for Strike 1 and jail time for Strike 2. Refuse the tests and you've committed a criminal offense. Though it goes without saying in The Sun, all of this is in addition to any other charges for possession and trafficking of classified substances that may be brought. Bummer.

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  • Qusus Qusus on Jul 03, 2008

    Lol @ dolo54. But seriously, maybe being stoned while driving isn't nearly as bad as being drunk... but it's still not as good as being fully alert and in control of your senses. I realize some people report heightened sense of alertness and concentration resulting from paranoia and this offsets the loss in reaction time. But if these people just concentrated when they weren't stoned than they'd be even better drivers since uhmm they won't be stoned.

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Jul 03, 2008
    all of this is in addition to any other charges for possession and trafficking of classified substances that may be brought. Bummer. I don't think this is going to be a problem, as Marijuana is decriminalized in Canada - you need something like 2 ounces (that's a lot, to those of you who have never smoked ever in your life) - or you need it bagged for re-sale and distribution.

  • Cyril Sneer Cyril Sneer on Jul 03, 2008

    cretinx: Wrong. Possessing marihuana in any quantity remains a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act violation, unless possessing a medicinal exemption.

  • Taylor19 Taylor19 on Sep 18, 2008

    It's a great law that has been made to control the use of mobile phones while driving. ------------ Taylor Dui In California

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