Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers Can't Consume Cannabis Within 28 Days of Work: Transport Canada

Transport Canada has released its regulations surrounding cannabis for workers in the aviation industry.

Pilots, cabin crew members and air traffic controllers have been informed that, to maintain "fitness for duty" on the job, they must be free of cannabis for four weeks - 28 days - before being able to work, reports the CBC.

The regulations are effective immediately. 

CBC also points out that airports and airlines will be able to place stricter requirements on cannabis, if they choose. 

Last October, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced a similar policy, stating that "employees in safety-sensitive positions must refrain from using non-medicinal cannabis 28 days prior to reporting to work." 

Tom Stamatakis, President of the Canadian Police Association, called this "an offensive approach".


Ontario's limping legal cannabis market seems to be finally catching a break. Legal cannabis sales have nearly doubled since licensed cannabis retailers began opening in the province last April. Ever since cannabis legalization took effect in October of 2018, legal sales have lagged behind in Canada's most populous province compared to other jurisdictions, which have significantly smaller markets.

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