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Under right circumstances non-cannabis users can become legally impaired

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The Medical Officer of Health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has advice for non-cannabis users who are near people who smoke up.

Doctor Jim Chirico says to be careful.

Chirico says a non-user in a room with people smoking cannabis could end up legally impaired just because the person was breathing in second-hand smoke.

Chirico says the size of the room, the amount of ventilation, the number of people smoking cannabis, the concentration of THC in the drug and the length of time to exposure are all factors that determine if the drug ends up in your system.

Chirico adds another factor is the non-user’s own tolerance level.

“So under the right conditions, second-hand cannabis smoke can result in you becoming legally impaired as if you really smoked it,” he said.

“You may not feel the effect of the drug, you may simply have the drug in your system and that’s the problem.”

Chirico uses an example of a non-user who is driving and a friend in the vehicle decides to smoke cannabis.

He says if the windows are rolled up and the level of THC in the drug is high “that’s a good example of how the person being exposed could be considered to be legally impaired.”

Chirico says compounding the issue is current testing doesn’t differentiate if the person actively smoked the cannabis or happened to be in the same area where it was being smoked.

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