Canada's military is looking for a virtual weed dealer. Earlier this week, the Canadian Armed Forces announced plans to invest around $170,000 in equipment that simulates being high so that leaders can understand the effects of consuming cannabis.
“The purpose of the Marijuana Simulation Kits is to raise awareness of marijuana impairment, reduce risk of marijuana impairment, and promote healthy lifestyles within the Canadian Armed Forces,” military reps told companies that will bid on the contract to supply the kits. “The marijuana impairment goggles, which is one of the several items included in the Marijuana Simulation Kit, allows users to experience first-hand, the deficits marijuana creates on the body.”
The military hopes that the kits will help personnel assess and manage cases of illicit drug use among their ranks.
“This will help ensure that CAF members in leadership positions will be able to identify signs of, assist in detecting and provide guidance regarding, prohibited drug use,” Department of National Defence spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said Friday.
And you might get a chance to test out the 'pot goggles' too. Le Bouthillier added that the kits may be incorporated into National Defence health fairs as well as community events so that other members of the military and the public in general can understand the impact cannabis has on cognitive functioning.
There are a number of products on the market right now that simulate being high. For example, three years ago the America corporation Innocrop released a pair of green goggles mimic "the distorted processing of visual information, loss of motor co-ordination, and slowed decision-making and reaction time resulting from recreational marijuana use.”
Preparing military leaders to deal with cannabis use ahead of Canada's plan to repeal prohibition later this year is a great idea, but critics will undoubtedly scoff at the price tag. Considering that the average gram of cannabis costs $7 in Canada, the military could use that money to buy 53.5 pounds of marijuana and give their leaders first-hand experience.
h/t National Post