Lakritz: Calgary Needs Power to be Pro-Active Ahead of Legalized Pot

Article by Naomi Lakritz, Calgary Herald

Naomi Lakritz: City team needs power to be pro-active ahead of legalized pot

Just what is the Trudeau government’s reason for legalizing marijuana on Canada Day 2018? What does pot have to do with Confederation?

Maybe the link is a letter written by Lord Dufferin, governor general of Canada from 1872 to 1878, in which he describes his visit to Charlottetown at the time of Confederation.

“I found the Island in a high state of jubilation and quite under the impression that it is the Dominion that has been annexed to Prince Edward,” Lord Dufferin wrote to Sir John A. Macdonald in 1873.

Calgary’s smoking bylaw prohibits the use of pot in public places. However, with many communities across Canada scrambling to come up with new rules, it’s possible that second-hand marijuana smoke, which contains as many carcinogens as tobacco smoke, could fill the air in some public places.

This legislation has been so rushed all along, that it seems there was little regard for anything else, including the health effects of breathing in the stench of someone else’s marijuana fumes.

And while the federal government has apparently solemnly declared that people will only be able to have four plants in their homes, I’d like to know who will be going door-to-door to count them? The answer, obviously, is nobody.

Given the example of how the black market in marijuana has burgeoned in Colorado following legalization there, it’s good to see that the City of Calgary is presciently considering extending the powers of its Co-ordinated Safety Response Team to potentially deal with, among other things, illegal grow ops.

The team, which has organized members from various agencies, including Calgary police, could do this by extending its mandate to occupied properties.

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