MADD to offer intoxication training to cannabis store staff


MADD has teamed up with a company called Lift to offer training for staff at cannabis retail outlets

By CBC – Dec 8, 2017

The head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Canada says people who work in stores that sell pot need to be trained the same way liquor store staff are trained to prevent intoxicated driving.

MADD Canada has partnered with Lift, a company that provides information about cannabis strains and producers, to offer a retail training certification program for frontline staff in future cannabis retail outlets across the country.

MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie told CBC Radio’s All In A Day staff at these stores will need to be knowledgeable about what’s being sold — what strains do what, what percentage of THC the strains have — but that one of the biggest concerns in selling cannabis is knowing when not to sell it.

“We want to have responsible service for cannabis, denying people that are minors that are trying to purchase and also anybody that might be intoxicated, whether by cannabis or alcohol,” he said.

Signs of intoxication by cannabis are not the same as alcohol and teaching staff the difference will initially be very difficult, he added.

“It’s harder for cannabis,” Murie said, “and we don’t have decades of training and frontline experience to do it.”

He added that training could start off in a classroom setting by looking at various scenarios and videos to help staff identify signs of intoxication. Eventually, as new employees come on, the training would likely shift online, he said.

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