Article by Caleb McMillan, Cannabis Life Network
The Ontario Liberals are promising municipalities $40 million to cover cannabis law enforcement costs. Municipalities then contract policing services to the local monopoly, usually the OPP. But it’s still not enough, police say.
The Ontario Chiefs of Police are crying wolf. They feel federal funding for police won’t be adequate to cover, what they expect to be, increased costs of legalization. They’re not the only ones.
Ontario Provincial Police Chief Supt. Chuck Cox said he assumed impaired driving will increase under legalization, despite lack of comparative evidence from the US legal states, as well as the age-old axiom that cannabis doesn’t impair.
Unless, of course, your tolerance is low, you’ve eaten a 400 mg brownie, it’s dusk, you’re operating on 4 hours sleep, and you’re driving with noisy kids in the back. That will definitely impair you.
Nevertheless, the police believe they’ll need to train more officers to detect drug impairment. Of course, impairment should be obvious. No need to train for it. An impaired citizen wandering around is of no threat, while an impaired driver is obvious to not only police officers, but the average driver. Nevertheless, this is a classic example of bureaucracy.
Cox said more officers will need training in “drug recognition experts” and able to perform “standardized field sobriety tests.” An SFST requires a five-day in-class course, only 24 can take it at one time, and each class of 24 needs six instructors.
For DRE training, it’s a two-week course, essentially off-duty (away from “the front line.”) There’s also an option to send police to Jacksonville, Florida to a special facility where they can train alongside people actually under the influence of something.
Where there is no profit motive, we must adopt other principles.
Even the Chiefs of Police answer to somebody. What orders does this higher authority give? “Render useful services to the community?” What does that even mean?
Who, in government, is in a position to decide what good or service is useful? And how will they find out whether the services rendered are not too expensive? That is, are the factors of production absorbed by this service rendered more useful in other lines of production?