Armed Forces to use common sense when it comes to marijuana, top military leader says

Canada's top military leader says he's going to use common sense to determine how the Armed Forces should treat the legalization of recreational marijuana.

General Jonathan Vance says they are going to try to be smart about it, adding ``this is serious duty ... and we don't want people doing it stoned.''

Vance commented during an appearance before the Senate defence committee, where he was largely grilled on the troubled military procurement system, peacekeeping and efforts to stamp out sexual misconduct in the Forces.

But with the clock ticking down toward pot legalization in the summer or early fall, the question of how the military plans to address marijuana use by service members was particularly topical.

Vance played down suggestions of a complete ban or prohibition on marijuana use by military personnel or even certain occupations such as pilots.

He added the approach will follow the law of the land, saying for example, that if it's illegal to fly a plane in Canada having used cannabis within a certain period of time, it's probably going to be illegal in the Armed Forces as well.

The Canadian Forces' surgeon general is looking at different initiatives to better understand the drug's effects, including how long they last, to ensure the military has the necessary information to make the right regulations.