Message from the 2nd CanadianDivision command team

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Chief Warrant Officer Dominic Gaudreau and Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan.

My message today is directed to the 2nd Canadian Division team.
Effective 17 October 2018, cannabis will become legal in Canada. Canadians will be able to possess and consume cannabis in accordance with applicable Canadian federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal laws. This marks an important social and legislative change for Canada and for our institution.

There will also be a cultural adaptation element, given that for decades, cannabis possession and consumption was illegal and those who consumed it were deemed delinquent. This will no longer be the case. In less than one month, members of the Defence Team will be able to possess and consume cannabis in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. 

DAOD 9004-1, which addresses cannabis use by Canadian Armed Forces members, delineates clear guidelines concerning cannabis possession and consumption. I urge you to take the time to read it carefully and to understand it well. A DOAD addressing cannabis use by civilian personnel will be promulgated shortly.

For the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Commander of the Army and me, operational readiness and personnel safety remain absolute priorities. Without these, our ‘raison d’être’ and our credibility would be severely tarnished. As Chief Warrant Officer Gaudreau so eloquently puts it “This change is not a big deal for us – you are professionals and we trust in your abilities to manage this social change and to maintain a healthy lifestyle”.

Let us take advantage of our leadership which is guided by the Army’s motto - Strong Proud Ready – to facilitate this significant shift, whilst safeguarding the reputation of excellence and the international recognition that has earned us the esteem and trust of Canadians.

In the past few days, Chief Warrant Officer Gaudreau and I have discussed these issues with your commanding officers and commandants. In the near future, they will be meeting with you to reflect upon the many implications of the legalization of cannabis. The bottom line is that you have our utmost trust and confidence because you are all unparalleled professionals.

Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan, Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East)
Chief Warrant Officer Dominic Gaudreau, Sergeant Major of the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East)


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