North P&I Club has issued the following notice to remind seafarers and vessel operators of their responsibilities when in Canadian waters with regards to the newly passed legislation on the use of cannabis.
The Cannabis Act and its supporting regulations came into force on 17 October 2018, making Canada only the second country in the world to legalise recreational cannabis.
Key points from the applicable laws and policies are shown below:
When considering whether to issue a marine medical certificate to seafarers, Transport Canada and marine medical examiners will consider consumption of cannabis in their determinations.
Seafarers should also be aware that if they do consume cannabis while ashore in Canada, it can remain in their system – and therefore be detectable – for several days.
North P&I suggests that members who have vessels calling at Canadian ports may wish to remind their crews of the company’s drug policy and the possibility of drug testing by authorities in subsequent ports.
Read the Transport Canada bulletin here.
General information on the legal status of cannabis in Canada.
Business, operational and technical issues impacting the crude, product and chemical tanker trades will be discussed in London at the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference, Awards & Exhibition, 20-21 November 2018.