Premier Brad Wall is asking three cabinet ministers to examine the implications on driver safety of the federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana.
“The federal government has said marijuana legalization is coming but I don’t think we have clear answers on the potential effects on driver safety and what the plan is to prevent impaired driving due to marijuana use,” Wall said. “There are still too many accidents and deaths due to drunk drivers and all governments are taking steps to crack down on that. Legalizing marijuana could certainly mean more impaired drivers, which no one wants.
Justice minister Gord Wyant, SGI minister Don McMorris and Corrections and Policing minister Christine Tell will focus on three priority areas: legal framework, enforcement, and public education and prevention.
Wall says he is asking the three ministers to work together, with their officials and with key stakeholders to recommend how we can ensure that the federal government’s legalization of marijuana doesn’t lead to more deaths and injuries on Saskatchewan roads.