MEDIA ADVISORY - Drugs and Driving: Expert Panel Discussion

AURORA, ON, Sept. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - As the federal government contemplates how to legalize marijuana, Canadians themselves, while generally favourable to the idea, are growing concerned about the details. Media are invited to attend a panel discussion about drug-impaired driving and how the legislation of marijuana will impact it – a hot-button topic across the country. Those who cannot attend are invited to watch the presentation streamed live.

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Earlier this year, State Farm released survey results that highlighted Canadians' concerns about drug-impaired driving. The survey found that more than 60 per cent of respondents believe the legal system is unprepared to deal with people who drive under the influence of prescription drugs and marijuana. And, close to the same number think there will be an increase in impaired driving if and when marijuana becomes legal. It's clear that people are worried about how drug-impaired driving impacts road safety.

The panel discussion will touch on subjects like how will drug-impaired driving be measured, should it be treated similarly to alcohol? The economic and social impacts, and how legalized marijuana use will affect road safety.

Space is extremely limited. To ensure you have a spot, please RSVP as soon as possible.


Drugs and Driving: Expert Panel Discussion



Toronto Reference Library – Elizabeth Beeton Room (please use main entrance off Yonge Street)  

789 Yonge Street, Toronto, M4W 2G8


Wednesday, September 21st

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Discussion to start promptly at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. Media interviews to take place afterwards


Snack and refreshments to be provided



  • Robyn Robertson, President & CEO, Traffic Injury Research Foundation
  • Pamela Fuselli, Vice President, Knowledge & Stakeholder Relations, Parachute
  • Doug Beirness, Impaired Driving Expert, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
  • Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services Media Officer, Toronto Police Service 


The event is sponsored by State Farm


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SOURCE State Farm Canada

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