‘Expensive Goggles that Simulate Marijuana Intoxication Purchased by Canadian Military — Canadian Military Spends $170,000 to Get Leaders High
The Canadian military has been known to make some questionable expenditures. While this is not the most expensive blunder, it is certainly one of the most ludicrous… By a long shot.
What Are the Kits?
26 kits have been purchased by Canadian armed forces, which will cost $170,000 over the span of 5 years. The kits include a set of goggles, that look like the least effective snorkeling equipment money could buy, as well as various other useless contraptions.
“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 effects of the kits are reported to be “slower decision making and a loss of motor coordination skills“. Spoken exactly like someone who has never been high in their life. In fact, that sounds like it more closely resembles the effects of alcohol.
What is the need for this offensive misappropriation of tax dollars? Weed will be legal in October of 2018 and $170,000 could buy enough marijuana to get the leaders of the Canadian Armed Forces high for more than 5 years.
What’s the Justification?
The reason the Canadian military doesn’t simply purchase $170,000 worth of pre-rolled joints is for the sake of appearances. The program involving the goggles is a part of a larger anti-drug initiative within the armed forces. Department of National Defence’s spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said this in justifying the expenditure,
“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,”
Long before the CAF’s five-year contract has expired, cannabis will be a legal substance making the kits a redundancy. This entire situation seems like the Canadian Armed Forces devised the most expensive way possible to experience a marijuana high while attempting maintaining some sort of arbitrary, puritanical, drug-free standard.
Any Additional Uses For the Weed Goggles?
If this strikes you as obtuse it’s because it is. This simply cannot be the only justification for this expensive and seemingly useless acquisition. However, according to the contractors who sold the overpriced ski goggles to the military, these kits have an additional use.
“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.”
In the year 2018, the benefits of cannabis have been overstated. Additionally, many of the false claims made about the debilitating consequences of marijuana use have been debunked. Athletes of the highest calibers utilize weed for recovery, presidents smoke weed. People with a diverse array of medical conditions from cancer to epilepsy exploit the substance for its many benefits.
Claiming that moderate, recreational cannabis use presents some kind of problem requiring a $170,000 solution is preposterous and ignorant. In an ideal world, those responsible for this decision would be held accountable for their actions.
By: Stefan Hosko