Article by Caleb McMillan, Cannabis Life Network
Police think cannabis legalization will cost more money. So of course, they’re psyched for it.
Police should fear budget cuts since legalization (in a perfect world) means focusing less on non-violent crime and imagined aggressions.
But we are far from a perfect world. Legalization is costing taxpayers money before any revenue is realized.
Only modern mercantilist states can screw-up a cash-cow like legal cannabis.
Chief of the Fredericton Police thinks cannabis legalization will “absolutely” have an impact on budget.
“Everything from training costs, the acquisition of technical equipment — these added responsibilities will create more staffing demands.”
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said only 10 cops on his crew have “drug training.”
“If we are expecting the legalization of marijuana and if we’re expecting this to potentially have a fairly significant impact on roadway safety, we need many more than 10. I would say we need five, six times that many.”
Meanwhile, possession charges in Saskatchewan have gone down.
In fact, in all of Canada cannabis charges have dropped.