Manitoba outlines ads, rules for civil servants as legal pot looms

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Manitoba outlines ads, rules for civil servants as legal pot looms

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says it’s still preparing for the legalization of recreational cannabis next week.

The government has released public service announcements warning of marijuana’s potential health impacts and of the penalties for breaking the law.

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says some law enforcement agencies are still working to obtain oral screening machines to test drivers for cannabis, and will rely on other forms of impairment testing at first.

The province has also finalized a policy for civil servants that says they must not smell of alcohol or cannabis, and can be made to undergo drug or alcohol testing if their managers believe they are under the influence.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding says there will be no government-wide minimum time that employees must abstain from cannabis before work, but some departments may implement that for certain jobs.

The government says it has been doing the best it can to meet the federal government’s deadline of next Wednesday.

The Canadian Press

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