1. You can’t drive impaired.
2. It’s just as dangerous as driving drunk
Cannabis slows your reaction time and driving under the influence increases your chances of being in a collision. The penalties for driving impaired are the same whether your abilities are impaired by alcohol, pot or any other substance. They include an immediate licence suspension, fines and the possibility of vehicle impoundment, a criminal record and jail.
3. No law yet governing how much is too much
Legal limits on how much cannabis you can have in your system before you drive won’t be set until December 2018. Peel police have ordered roadside testing devices for cannabis. Meanwhile, existing impaired driving laws remain, setting a legal limit for alcohol at 50 mg and 80 mg in 100 mL of blood.
4. Zero tolerance for young, novice and commercial drivers
If you are under 22 years old, have a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence, if you are driving a vehicle that requires an A-F driver’s licence or a commercial vehicle licence, or if you drive road construction equipment, you cannot drive with any non-prescribed cannabis in your system. None. Regardless of what the legal limits are for all other drivers, which will be set in December (see above).