Sudbury Police Say Questions Mount as Countdown to Cannabis Legalization Begins

Article by CBC News

Sudbury police say questions mount as countdown to cannabis legalization begins Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Still no provincial training available in Ontario for officers dealing with new pot law CBC News There is still uncertainty for law enforcement when it comes to Canada's new Cannabis Act. Greater Sudbury Police Chief Paul Pedersen has questions about what will happen during a suspected drug-impaired driving traffic stop. (CBC)

Police in Greater Sudbury say rules about enforcing cannabis legislation in Ontario remain hazy with a month to go to legalization.

Canada’s new Cannabis Act will come into effect October 17.

Under the new federal legislation, it will be legal for anyone over the age of 18 to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis. They can consume and share that pot as well.

As the date nears, police in Ontario still have no clear cut guidance for things such as traffic stops, and possession of higher amount of marijuana.

In Sudbury, Police Chief Paul Pedersen is most concerned about preparing his officers for the changes yet to come.

He said there is federal online training available, but they’re still waiting for something similar from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

“Provincially, a month away, the training hasn’t been developed yet. We can’t even give our people the training cause it doesn’t exist.”

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