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Canadian Police Sound the Alarm Over Legalization Deadline

September 13, 2017
Canada’s police services told the Canadian government Tuesday that there is no chance they will be ready to enforce new laws for nationwide legalized cannabis by next summer.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police already wrote to the federal government this week officially requesting a delay in implementation of the plan by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to implement legal cannabis sales next July 1.

Police say they need more time to properly train officers about the new laws.

Some of the premiers of Canada’s 10 provinces told the government in June that they also might not be ready by that deadline, and only one province has completed and published its rules for the sale of recreational cannabis, including regulations on where it can be sold.

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Representatives from the police chiefs association, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Saskatoon Police Service said that they need more time to properly train officers about the new laws and that they will have to more than double the number of officers certified to conduct roadside tests for drug-impaired driving. They also said more time is needed for public education.

Appearing before a Parliament health committee studying Trudeau’s bill to make marijuana legal, the representatives also called for the government to reconsider allowing people to grow the plant at home. They said it will be difficult to police and could make it easier for young people to obtain marijuana.

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Bill Blair, the parliamentary secretary to Canada’s minister of justice, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that police departments have questions that need to be answered and said the federal government knows there is an enormous amount of work to do.

“Certainly the time lines are tight. I very much respect what law enforcement said today. We’ve listened to their concerns,” said Blair, a former police chief in Toronto. “We can’t allow the status quo to remain because it’s unacceptable. We have the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. The entire cannabis market is controlled by criminal enterprise.”

Blair said the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec have said they will be ready and noted that Ontario has announced its rules for legal cannabis.

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Ontario, which is Canada’s most populous province, announced Friday that marijuana will be sold in as many as 150 government-run stores and a government-run website. It decided pot would not be sold at government-run alcohol stores, and private marijuana dispensaries that have sprung up around the province will be illegal.

Legalization would make Canada the second country to have nationwide legalization, after Uruguay.

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  • Turner Kayston

    To quote the guy with the upside down smile:
    “We can’t allow the status quo to remain because it’s unacceptable. We have the highest rates of cannabis use in the world.”

    Is that supposed to be a negative or a positive thing and based on who’s view, his?

    Assuming this is some how real, more of the plebs and sheeple of today who fall for this dogma, need to question these pseudo-authoritative public figures and ask “why” is it unacceptable, based on who’s view – from an objective point of view, putting aside all the promulgated subjectivity… Based on what metrics and who’s defined metrics?

    Some how, these idiots in their self-proclaimed power, ignore the fact that 80% of Canadians recreate with an infinitely worse drug – alcohol. A recreational only, carcinogenic, hard-drug, by definition. We just don’t call it that, but it certainly is.

    They also ignore little known facts, or that more teens are hospitalized yearly in Canada, from dangerous, toxic overdosing levels of alcohol than all other drugs – something that cannot happen with Cannabis.

    Anyone who chooses to recreate with Cannabis over alcohol is simply choosing a safer, healthier choice – but how is that bad?

    Perhaps this is why more people or teens use Cannabis in Canada than anywhere else – because they’ve learned their lesson, or they already know better than these politicians do, with their glass of wine in hand.