The Saskatchewan government is expressing early concern surrounding the potential decriminalization of marijuana.
The Trudeau government is expected to show off it’s plans to legalize the currently illegal drug at the House of Commons on Thursday, but the Saskatchewan Party are pondering if the safety aspect will be addressed closer to home.
Minister of Justice Gord Wyant points to potential holes in drug impaired detection for employers, specifically in the construction sector.
“You can smell alcohol on someones breath I think but I am not sure you can do the same thing with marijuana. All I’m doing is expressing the concerns the construction association has had. We need some ways of detecting this and so we need to look at our legislation to make sure we have the right tools in place,” Wyant said.
He said the argument that marijuana is the same as alcohol is one he simply can’t accept.
“Except for the fact that there are not as many officers trained in drug detection as there are, we have breathalyzer machines that do that when it comes to alcohol. We don’t have the same kind of equipment when it comes to marijuana, so there’s going to have to be some extensive training,” Wyant said.
Wyant added the added cost to train police officers in the province must also be addressed.