Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cannabis-Hiking-Rescue

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cannabis-Hiking-Rescue

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VANCOUVER - As Canada moves towards nationally legalized cannabis, one of B-C's busiest rescue operations is warning backcountry hikers not to get high on their hike.

Curtis Jones with B-C's North Shore Search and Rescue wrote a post on the organization's website, saying it was a proactive attempt to make sure hikers know the dangers of experimenting with any mind-altering substances in the backcountry.

He said a fellow search and rescue teammate sent him an article, feeling concerned that a local cannabis education organization was offering outdoor activities like guided hikes and snowshoeing "paired with cannabis use."

Jones says experienced hikers on the North Shore mountains regularly make mistakes and need search and rescue assistance, and anything that could alter your mental state increases your chances of harm. …

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