Ontario Police Chiefs Association to Issue Government Report on Cannabis Legalization After Colorado Visit

Article by Graeme Frisque, Orangeville Banner


The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police is already preparing for upcoming changes to Canada’s cannabis laws.

The association recently sent two of its members, including Orangeville police chief Wayne Kalinski, on a three-day tour to Colorado to research the legalization process there.

Colorado became one of a handful of States to legalize the use and selling of marijuana at the state level in 2012 and it was the Denver municipal model — the state’s biggest city —which Kalinski said the tour focused on.

Kalinski, who serves as vice chair of the substance abuse committee, and one other member officer from Toronto travelled to Colorado last week to speak to state representatives and members of the law enforcement community.

“The reason for the trip was to provide recommendations back to our federal (and provincial) governments through my committee as to how we can best implement (legal) marijuana into our community,” said Kalinski.

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