Is B.C. ready for legal weed? Vancouver police chief says yes for enforcement, drug-impaired driving
“I’m here to tell Canadians that the police are ready.”
That’s the message Vancouver police Chief Const. Adam Palmer, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has for the public once cannabis is legal in B.C. and across Canada on Oct. 17.
“It’s important to remember that while the legal, recreational use of cannabis will be new for Canadians come Wednesday, enforcing laws around impaired driving and the illegal production, distribution and consumption of cannabis will not be new to police,” Palmer said.
“We’ve been dealing with drug-impaired driving for many, many decades in Canada.”
WATCH: Vancouver police said Monday that its methods for stopping impaired driving would not change once marijuana is legal, and that impaired driving “blitzes” around holidays would continue.
“It’s important for the public to be aware that different infractions may involve different agencies and different response times,” Palmer said.
“At present, there are more than 13,000 police officers trained in Canada in standard field sobriety testing and we are expecting this number to rise to 20,000 over the next several years.”
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