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Canadian Forces to Buy $170,000 in “Marijuana Simulation Kits”

Canadian Forces to Buy $170,000 in “Marijuana Simulation Kits”

Dina Al-Shibeeb
Canadian Army soldiers march during the official welcoming ceremony of the NATO Canadian-led Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) combat battalion in Adazi, Latvia June 19, 2017. (File image via Reuters)

The Canadian Forces will spend up to $170,000 to receive 26 “marijuana simulation kits” by the end of April to raise awareness of impairment caused by cannabis, the National Post reported on Friday.

One of the kits’ components is the “marijuana impairment goggles,” which “allows users to experience first-hand, the deficits marijuana creates on the body,” The National Post quoted companies who want to bid on the contract were told.

The daily said the value of the contract is not final since bids need to be received, evaluated for a contract as awarded. But so far, the estimated cost is up to $170,000 over the course of five years.

On Friday, Spokesman for the Department of National Defence Dan Le Bouthillier said the kits will be used in the Military Personnel Command’s supervisor training course.

“This will help ensure that [Canadian Armed Forces] CAF members in leadership positions will be able to identify signs of, assisting in detecting and provide guidance regarding, prohibited drug use,” he said.

The spokesman said these kits may also be used at National Defence health fairs, community events, kiosks or other events to educate other military members, families and the public about the impact of marijuana on cognitive functioning.

The news about the deal comes after Canada conducting several studies to see where its society at in terms of knowing about marijuana and its effects.

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Late last year, Health Canada survey showed that only half of its respondents considered cannabis users believed that marijuana use affects driving. About 24 percent said “it depends,” while 19 percent said marijuana does not impair driving.

Canada is expected this summer to be the first developed nation to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide.

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