Niagara Police Look Forward to Pot Consultations

Article by Ray Spiteri, Niagara Falls Review

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Jeff McGuire doesn’t envy the position his former police chief colleague Bill Blair is in.

Blair, who served as the Toronto Police chief from 2005 until his retirement in 2015, is now the parliamentary secretary to the federal Liberal justice minister, and is handling the government’s pot legalization file.

“I got a lot of respect for Bill Blair,” said McGuire, who is chief of the Niagara Regional Police. “It’s a big job, it’s a big move, it’s not simple, and it will be interesting to see how quickly they’re able to move forward on this.”

McGuire said chiefs of police across Canada have long been against the idea of decriminalizing or legalizing recreational marijuana.

Instead, they had lobbied for altered enforcement abilities, so that weed possession wouldn’t necessarily be a criminal offence, but “give us the opportunity to issue a ticket, for instance, in relation to small amounts of marijuana.”

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