Workers produce medical marijuana at Canopy Growth Corporation's Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont., on Feb. 12. The Trudeau government is moving to ensure the Senate doesn't hold up its plans to legalize recreational marijuana in July. The government's representative in the upper house, Sen. Peter Harder, wants second reading debate on Bill C-45 wrapped up by March 1, after which it would go to committee for detailed examination. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Workers produce medical marijuana at Canopy Growth Corporation's Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont., on Feb. 12. The Trudeau government is moving to ensure the Senate doesn't hold up its plans to legalize recreational marijuana in July. The government's representative in the upper house, Sen. Peter Harder, wants second reading debate on Bill C-45 wrapped up by March 1, after which it would go to committee for detailed examination. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Letter: What about driving and cannabis?

Kelowna letter-writer says politicians need to take notice

To the editor:

Amongst all this discussion about legalizing cannabis, I must wonder why the government hasn’t, to my knowledge, adopted a pro-active approach in dealing with the use of these intoxicating substances in motor vehicles. Online inquiries indicate that open containers of alcohol are prohibited in motor vehicles, whether in motion or parked.

Does it not follow that the consumption of cannabis in a motor vehicle, by driver or passengers, be prohibited? The odours are obvious and any police officer, upon stopping a vehicle, can identify this substance by a mere whiff. Whatever your opinions might be regarding the issue of legalization, can we really afford to not address consumption of this substance in motor vehicles?

Politicians reading this, please take notice. Lives are in your hands.

Bob Sherman, Kelowna

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