Article by Jesse McLean, The Toronto Star
A member of the Durham police board wants answers to why an active officer was allowed to co-own a medical marijuana company that is unlicensed and offers customers drug products that are illegal to sell.
“There are questions that I will be asking at the next board meeting,” said Bill McLean, a Pickering councillor and retired Toronto police sergeant, responding to findings of a Star investigation into the marijuana company, Living On Inc.
“I think it’s our job as a board to ask those questions and get those answers.”
But McLean might be the only one at Monday’s meeting of the Durham Regional Police Services Board who wants to discuss the controversy.
The police service has steadfastly refused to answer specific questions about what it calls an “employer-employee matter” that is “not open for public discussion.” Roger Anderson, head and spokesman of the board, called it a personnel issue and would not comment further. And the officer himself says it has no place before the civilian body tasked with police oversight.
“It’s nothing to do with the Police Services Board. They don’t oversee anything like this,” Const. Phil Edgar said in an interview.