It is expected marijuana will be legal in Canada by July 1st, 2018 and as a result, police forces across the country and preparing for the implications that will result.
Regina police chief Evan Bray said before the legalization occurs, a number of initiatives will need to be underway in at least two areas
“Education and communication, so we need to make sure that everybody understands the law, understands what the legal age limits are, understands that we need education geared towards youth at the ill-effects of marijuana use,” Bray said.
Bray also said the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs is asking for more information from the federal government on how the change will impact drug-impaired driving frequency and enforcement.
Bray added as it stands right now, it will not be easy when it comes to enforcing a drug-related driving charge.
“Right now there is some real challenges for us as police, we have road side screening devices that can screen for alcohol, but we don’t have road side screening devices that measure marijuana or drug consumption. We rely on expert police officer testimony, these are officers that have been trained as drug recognition experts.”