Po­lice ask gov­ern­ment to post­pone date for le­gal pot be­yond July 2018

Agen­cies say al­low­ing peo­ple to grow pot at home will be dif­fi­cult to po­lice, could make it eas­ier for young peo­ple to ob­tain mar­i­juana

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

Canada’s po­lice ser­vices say there is zero chance they will be ready to en­force new laws for le­gal­ized pot by next sum­mer.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent po­lice forces are ap­pear­ing be­fore the House of Com­mons health com­mit­tee, which is study­ing the gov­ern­ment’s bill to make mar­i­juana le­gal.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice, the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice and the Saska­toon Po­lice Ser­vice also say they want the gov­ern­ment to re­con­sider al­low­ing peo­ple to grow pot at home, be­cause it will be dif­fi­cult to po­lice and could make it eas­ier for young peo­ple to ob­tain mar­i­juana.

OPP Deputy Com­mis­sioner Rick Bar­num says if the gov­ern­ment doesn’t post­pone the start date and al­low po­lice time to pre­pare and train their of­fi­cers, there will be a win­dow of six months to a year to al­low or­ga­nized crime to flour­ish and mis­takes to be made.

The po­lice say they also need more time and money to train of­fi­cers to rec­og­nize and han­dle drug-im­paired driv­ers.

The gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced bill C-45 in the spring in prepa­ra­tion for an ex­pected July 2018 date for adult Cana­di­ans to be al­lowed to buy pot at provin­cially man­dated stores, pos­sess up to 30 grams of mar­i­juana or grow up to four plants at home.

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