Canadians should not be allowed to grow pot at home while the kinks of cannabis legalization are worked out, the heads of two policing organizations told Canadian senators on Thursday.
Senators studying the government’s proposal to create a framework to legalize pot heard that unclear language in the Liberal bill to legalize marijuana has some police officers scratching their heads as to whether they could be required to care for plants seized under the new regulations.
The policing organizations also suggested that there should also be limits on how much marijuana it is legal to possess in a single dwelling.
“What we want to see is a more gradual approach,” said Gatineau Police Chief Mario Harel, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
Harel said the organization he leads wants to see the legislation being studied now amended to remove clauses that would allow for Canadians to grow up to four marijuana plants at home for their own consumption. Police are worried this poses the potential for youth to be more exposed to a product that will still be illegal for them to consume.
Language under Section 102 of the bill, regarding when individuals will have the right to request the return of their pot plants following police seizure, also has police confused.