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Ontario police sound alarm over perceived lack of funds for pot legalization

Men pass a marijuana joint as they ride in a tour bus on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 throughout Denver. The Canadian Automobile Association says nearly four in every five Ontario drivers surveyed are concerned about the impact legalizing marijuana will have on road safety.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joe Mahoney

Ontario’s chiefs of police are again sounding alarm bells about the impending legalization of recreational cannabis, saying federal funding for police operations may not go far enough to cover increased costs.

At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, Ontario Provincial Police Chief Supt. Chuck Cox says it’s not yet clear how legalization will affect day-to-day operations for police services.

But he says based on other jurisdictions’ experiences, it’s fair to assume that drug-impaired driving will go up and police will need to train more officers to detect drug impairment, which can be costly.

Police have been one of the key holdups in legalizing recreational cannabis.

The Liberals initially promised to legalize it by July, but now say the deadline will be pushed back by several weeks, in part to give police authorities time to prepare for the new law.

Cox says police are already working to “make training more readily available and reduce costs.”


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“it’s fair to assume that drug-impaired driving will go up” – Yes, exactly what’s happened in the US in states that have legalized pot, along with higher accidents and death due to drug-impaired drivers – and will likely result in higher insurance rates for all. Just what we need – exactly who voted for this nonsense???

May 15, 2018 at 11:54 am

@flipper26: “exactly who voted for this nonsense???”
One single-issue voting block: 18-34 yo male millennials, that’s how Liberals got majority in Parliament.
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/04/19/liberals-young-voters-trudeau-canada-election-2015_n_9727026.html
Elections DO have consequences!

May 15, 2018 at 3:28 pm