Cannabis Legalization in Canada – What You Need to Know About Driving and Recreational Use

 

Personal Auto

Although effective October 17, 2018 Ontarians will be allowed to use Cannabis recreationally, there are still some very strict laws as it applies to driving under the influence of Cannabis. Drivers with the following licenses: G1, G2, M1, M2 and 21 years of age and younger are PROHIBITED from having any drug in their body while driving. If they drive with a drug in their body they will be guilty of an offence. The only exception to this law is if the officer is satisfied that the driver is authorized to use the drug for medical reasons.

Zero Tolerance Penalties for Drugs or Alcohol – Personal Auto

1st Offence – 3 Day License Suspension and $250 Penalty

2nd Offence – 7 Day License Suspension and $350 Penalty

3rd and Subsequent Offences – 30 Day Suspension and $450 Penalty

What Happens if you Get Into an Accident Under the Influence

All coverage related to your vehicle will be DECLINED in the event of a claim. In other words, not only will you have to repair/replace your own car, defend yourself in court, pay your own legal fees and pay for the award from the judge if found guilty.

How Will You Be Tested for the Presence of Cannabis

There will be an Oral Fluid Sample and a Blood Sample. Currently, their tests are much more able to identify that presence of Cannabis and not the levels in your system.

Commercial Auto

There is Zero Tolerance for all Commercial Truck Drivers for Prohibiting the presence of drugs and/or alcohol in their system. Again the only exception to this law is if the officer is satisfied that the driver is authorized to use the drug for medical reasons. This means that All Commercial Drivers cannot use Cannabis recreationally.

The Commercial Auto Penalties are considerably less than for Personal Auto:

1st Offence – 3 Day License Suspension and $250 Penalty

2nd Offence – 3 Day License Suspension and $350 Penalty

3rd and Subsequent Offences – 3 Day Suspension and $450 Penalty