Monday, February 8, 2016

POLICE STRUGGLING WITH STATUS OF MARIJUANA

The presidents of the Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police rare  expressing concern about the confusion existing across the country with regards to the legality of marijuana.

Tom Stamatakis told the Globe and Mail that "On the street, you have citizens who are convinced or have allowed themselves to be convinced that marijuana is now legal and it’s okay to not only use it, but to manufacture and sell it.


In many ways, he said, tobacco and alcohol are now more regulated and face tougher restrictions than cannabis, as some pot stores openly advertise their products and sell to minors.


Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill, who presides over the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says government needs to deal with the uncertainty created by its promise. 


A few weeks ago, P&P posted about calls by the Conservatives to move fast to address the lawless void that has been created since the October 19th election. 


Trudeau's platform commitment to legalize pot and his election has created a bit of no-mans land for enforcement agencies. Yes, marijuana possession, trafficking and use is still illegal, except for medicinal purposes. The law has not changed. 


However, as the folks in charge of policing are saying, the election win made marijuana barely illegal, a harmless herb despite tons of medical evidence that illustrates that teens that smoke pot are at a higher risk for cognitive problems, motor-vehicle accidents and substance abuse. 


The void between new legislation and the existing laws has created a grey area despite commitments to enforce the law. 


Police and parents have been left in a lurch.

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