The president of the Police Association of Ontario isn’t happy officers across the province are being left in the dark about whether or not they’ll be able to use recreational cannabis off duty when it becomes legal.
Bruce Chapman, president of the Police Association of Ontario, says so far there’s been little collaboration with police associations to develop policies for their members.
“Here we are two weeks from the legalization of recreational marijuana … there’s been limited consultation with associations that represent the members, so it’s concerning from the aspect of police associations,” said Chapman.
Pot use policies for officers are being developed by police services across the country, with Calgary declaring an abstinence-only policy for their officers. The RCMP, have said, when a policy is in place, it will be centred around public safety and a safe work place.
In Ontario, the Ottawa Police Service has revealed its officers will be allowed to use recreational marijuana off-duty, but they must follow fit-for-duty guidelines.
While other police services work on policies, officers are asking questions.
“The frustration will come when they’re trying to enforce a policy no one knows all the answers to, and the consequences of their actions and what they’re allowed to do, and how they differ from service to service and neighbouring jurisdictions could have completely different policies put in place,” Chapman said, pointing to Calgary and Vancouver’s very different policies.