Regina Police have not laid cannabis related charges of any kind since the substance was legalized in mid-October.
Chief Evan Bray says while there have been numerous cases of public consumption, police are taking an educational approach to the matter.
Bray said without medical documentation, people are still not able to consume cannabis in public.
“We’ve had people say to our officers ‘it’s legal, and I’m proud to say I’m a person that likes to enjoy recreational marijuana,’ the reality is there is some prohibition on where you can enjoy it, and so that’s been the conversation.”
But Chief Bray said there’s been no grace period for impaired driving.
“Really what we’re talking about is just helping people understand the legalities of where and how it can be consumed,” Bray said. “If we have someone impaired by drug, we laid three impaired-by-drug charges last week, but none of them were cannabis related.”
While RPS does not have their cannabis impairment instruments yet, Bray said their officers are trained to identify impaired drivers. He anticipates the instruments to be available by mid-November.