Canadians were thrilled to find out that cannabis would be legalized back in June and have been patiently waiting for the legalization date to roll around. Now, Canada is only hours away from October 17th and we'll soon be legally allowed to smoke weed.
Legalization does bring some questions though, such as when is it appropriate to smoke cannabis. While the rules for consumption during work hours are still hazy in some professions, a loophole in the system has revealed that MPs on Parliament Hill will be legally allowed to get high before work.
Members of Parliament or MPs , who work in the House of Commons are actually not subject to follow rules of the House, due to the fact they're not really employees there.
According to CBC, the rules in the House of Commons are exceptionally confusing at the moment and provides a loophole that allows all MPs , including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to come to work high tomorrow.
The House Of Commons did update their impairment policy for workers within the government building, which is expected to extend beyond to guests, contractors, as well as visitors and volunteers. Royal Candian Mounted Police officers who are assigned to Parliament must adhere with the RCMP policy of not smoking cannabis for 28-days before active duty.
Still, MPs are not actually employees of the House nor are they, visitors or contractors. They instead are employees of their own political party and would only have to follow a policy put in place by the party itself.
To be fair, there is no policy put in place for politicians and consuming alcohol on the job either. That means that our elected MPs can go out and enjoy a beer with lunch or a joint before taking their seat in the House of Commons and voting on issues affecting Canadians.
"As with other forms of recreational activities, I have complete faith in caucus members' ability to govern their behaviour appropriately so they can keep working to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians," he stated. The NDP party also commented it would be up for debate, depending on if getting high affects the parliament members from doing their jobs.
Still, Matt Pascuzzo who is the spokesperson for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the current intoxication policy will apply as of Wednesday. Which currently states that it is not acceptable to be at work while impaired.
Meanwhile, the Conservative party spokesperson, Kelsie Corey, told CBC that it would be up to the Speaker of the House to decide on impairment rules. Clearly, due to each party citing different rules, there is no definitive yes or no answer when it comes to cannabis consumption on Parliament Hill.
Because The House of Commons considers MPs to be employers of their own staff and not employees of the House. That means that there could be up to 338 individual workplace policies for each member of Parliament staff.
We'll have to see if there are any announcements involving cannabis policy for our politicians on Parliament Hill but for now, the blurred rules make it seem like they can get away with getting high before work, as long as no one can tell.