Article by Natalia Goodwin, CBC News
The mayor of Charlottetown is voicing his concern over Canada’s plan to legalize marijuana.
“This year it’s marijuana, next year it’s another drug, next year it’s another drug, and I think it’s a sad reflection on Canada today,” said Lee, who doesn’t think marijuana should be legalized.
“That we have people dying on the streets of this country from drug overdoses and our reaction to the issue of drugs in our community is let’s legalize one of them, it just doesn’t make any sense, quite frankly, to me.”
One big concern for Lee is how municipalities will be expected to pay for extra enforcement, especially around impaired driving.
From his research, Lee is estimating it could cost around $750,000 to get the Charlottetown force trained as Drug Recognition Evaluator/Experts (DRE).
“Somebody needs to pay that bill and I want to make sure that cost is not passed on to the municipal tax payers of Charlottetown,” Lee said.
The RCMP currently has three active DREs, and confirmed the training costs approximately $15,000 for one member.
Spokesperson Sgt Kevin Baille said currently the training isn’t offered in Canada, but if it was, that would bring the cost down.