Letter: No governing while impaired

Jack Koochin argues that councillors should not be allowed to make decisions under the influence.

Editor, the Gazette:

The advent of legalized marijuana has brought up an important issue in government and private sectors alike: the possibility of marijuana impairment in the workplace causing damage, financial loss, personal harm, or even death.

The RCMP have a 28 day drying out period before officers can return to active duty. Airlines have strict regulations regarding flight crew impairment. It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.

Mayors and city councilors across Canada have a very important role in the development, welfare, and future of our communities.

In Grand Forks, for example, they are responsible for an annual budget in the range of about $15 million per year. These tax dollars already put a severe burden on our community, and require clear heads as to their allocation.

Decisions made by mayors and councilors can either make or break our communities. Those decisions should not be made by anyone under the influence.

Due to the high degree of responsibility involved, there should be some sort of prohibition against mayors or councillors doing their jobs while impaired.

What provisions or protections are in place for the residents and taxpayers against mayors or councillors being under the influence of marijuana or other drugs while performing their duties? What steps will council take to ensure our protection in this matter?

Jack Koochin,

Grand Forks

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