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MADD Will Train Staff At Cannabis Stores To Detect Customers' Intoxication

Staff at future Canadian cannabis stores may have to undergo training similar to that of liquor store employees when it comes to preventing intoxicated driving.   

At least, that will be the case if Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada has anything to say about it.

The organization has partnered with Lift to offer a retail training certification program for employees in soon-to-be-opened cannabis stores across the country.

MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie says frontline staff at these stores will need to be able to determine whether a person is too high to be served - or to drive. Driving under the influence of cannabis has emerged as a top concern for politicians and citizens alike across the country over the last few months. 

"We want to have responsible service for cannabis, denying people that are minors that are trying to purchase and also anybody that might be intoxicated, whether by cannabis or alcohol," Murie told CBC Radio's All In A Day.

He said it will be difficult to teach staff to know when someone is high, as the signs of cannabis intoxication are vastly different than that of alcohol.   

"It's harder for cannabis," Murie said, "and we don't have decades of training and frontline experience to do it."

Training will likely start off in a classroom setting, where employees will watch various videos focused on identifying the signs of cannabis intoxication, according to Murie. Eventually, that training will probably move online.

How the provinces choose to go about training their workers will depend on the retail model they’ve selected. The federal government will legalize cannabis for recreational use on July 1, 2018, but decisions regarding distribution have been left to the provinces.

"The training is going happen in the new year, after governments make decisions on who's going to be the provider," said Murie. 

"Some [provinces] ... might want to outsource that to a third party like ourselves ... Or in the private market, it might be a requirement of government that they have to be trained, and they'll specify who will provide that training."

h/t CBC News 


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