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Red and a whole lot of green: Non-profit ride service prepares for holidays post-pot legalization

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Operation Red Nose has launched its annual campaign to get volunteers behind the wheel for the holidays.

The organization has been giving people who’ve had a few too many drinks a safe-ride-home for the past 35 years.

But the non-profit has a new challenge for this holiday season: Pot legalization.

“The Introduction of legalized cannabis is a little different for us now in terms for giving people rides,” Chris Wilson with the organization says.

Volunteers have driven people who were high around for year, despite it being illegal. This will be the first year that it won’t be.

“If we’re driving somebody home in their car, we just ask that they be respectful to the volunteers and don’t smoke cannabis while the volunteers are driving them.”

Wilson says the organization operates with a no-questions-asked policy, which means whether you’re drunk or high, you’ll still be given a ride from a volunteer without being asked about your condition.

However, Operation Red Nose is not available to everyone.

If you live in Vancouver, Surrey or Langley you’ll have to find other means of getting you home after that crazy Christmas party.

Wilson says he hopes the organization can expand in the future, but admits recent attempts to do so haven’t had the necessary backing.

“You need a fairly committed organization to step up, that organization needs to recruit a lot of volunteers, and make the commitment to deliver the program in a standardized way.”

Operation Red Nose is asking for volunteers to sign up and help out this holiday season.

The service runs from November 30th to December 26th and New Year’s day.