On October 16th the Provincial Government cleared the final legislative hurdle in advance of legalized recreational cannabis with amendments to the Highway Traffic Regulations and the introduction of
Cannabis Control Regulations and Cannabis Licensing and Operations Regulations. These regulations came into force on October 17, 2018.
Through regulations, the Provincial Government is providing guidance on how retailers must operate in this newly legalized industry, as well as the parameters for citizens around the personal cultivation of recreational cannabis and responsible cannabis use, including impaired driving rules and penalties.
With regards to Highway Traffic Regulations:
- Zero tolerance for the presence of THC for novice drivers, drivers under age 22 and drivers of commercial vehicles;
- Seven-day vehicle impoundment for the presence of drugs for novice drivers, drivers under age 22 and drivers of commercial vehicles;
- Seven-day vehicle impoundment for all drivers exceeding the legal limit for presence of drugs;
- 30-day vehicle impoundment for all drivers for refusal or failure to comply with a demand, consistent with alcohol; and,
- Medical users are subject to all the same rules, with the exception of zero tolerance for under 22, novice and drivers of commercial vehicles.
Visit gov.nl.ca/cannabis or www.canada/ca/cannabis for more information on cannabis.