Pot Leaf Helping Defend The Maple Leaf?…Marijuana Is The Top Drug Of Choice For The Canadian Army


When it comes to the servicemen protecting our neighbors to the north, it looks like they’re using marijuana to get through the job.

According to The Huffington Post, marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army. That’s based on the army’s latest blind drug testing report, which also happened to find that cocaine is gaining popularity among some members.

The 42-page report included testing for 11 controlled substances at 26 Armed Forces units across the country. There were 4,198 participants from most ranks and age groups. The testing found that 279 urine specimens — or 6.6 per cent — tested positive for at least one drug, with pot detected in 5.3 per cent of all of the samples. That’s up from the 4.2 per cent in 2012 and 4.8 per cent the year before that. Positive test results for marijuana came from 19 units.

The report says nine units had cocaine-positive samples. Results showed 44 samples overall had traces of cocaine, up from the 29 positive samples the previous year, making it one of the higher rates since the testing started in 2007.

The Canadian Forces has a zero-tolerance policy for illicit drugs and conducts testing to help guide its Drug Control Program. The findings also provide insight into where drug use is occurring, what types of drugs are being taken and what population is most involved.


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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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