It’s not clear recommendations on legalizing cannabis will reduce his force’s work or even curb organized crime, Calgary police chief Roger Chaffin said Thursday.
While Chaffin said the federal task force did a comprehensive job in crafting 80 recommendations for ending 93 years of marijuana prohibition, numerous uncertainties remain, including what role police would play.
“There’s still many unanswered elements yet to be determined, such as how much is to be mandated to which levels of government,” he said.
On the overall prospect of pot legalization that’s expected to be tabled in Parliament next spring, Chaffin said that trend and its medical marijuana cousin has already led to police reduce their work in closing down grow operations.
But he said new complexities arising from legalization could mean little relief for police that would enable them to focus on other policing areas.
“A lot of that grow-op work has gone away but we haven’t seen it create a massive human resource efficiency,” said Chaffin.
“It will still be an issue beyond the regulated legal amount … it may create new work.”
And he said hopes legalization will snuff out organized crime’s role in the marijuana trade aren’t a sure bet either.
“We have to see how that works, whether the black market has a role or doesn’t,” he said.
After two years of legalization in Colorado, pot-related arrests there have fallen but drug cartels have moved into the state to grow cannabis that’s then exported.