Pubdate: Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Source: Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)
Copyright: 2017 Winnipeg Free Press
Author: Pamela McColl
Page: A6


Re: Marijuana in workplace focus of chamber panel (Nov. 29)

There is a high incidence of marijuana use among fatally injured B.C.
forestry workers

(20 to 30 per cent), and Manitoba employers would be well advised to
educate their workers on the harms posed by marijuana use.

Canadians need look no further than to the country's health watchdog,
Health Canada, for credible information and evidence-based advice on
this matter. Health Canada's consumer information web page states
unequivocally that using marijuana can impair concentration and
reaction time. It is well established by scientific research that the
less-than-regular user of marijuana products should not operate a
motor vehicle for at least eight hours after consuming 18 mg or more
of marijuana.

The problem in this country is no one seems to be reading the science
that not only establishes the risks of harm, but also the dire
consequences that can result from being marijuana-intoxicated in the
workplace. Few seem to be listening or reading Health Canada, but
rather appear to be solely listening to the propaganda of marijuana
money interests. They do so at their peril.

Pamela McColl

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