With marijuana legalization just around the corner (October 17th 2018) Canadian police organizations are scrambling to come up with pot consumption policies for their officers.
Some have already announced policies that are very restrictive:
Calgary – total abstinence
Toronto – 28 days prior to shift
RCMP – 28 days prior to shift
Other cities like Vancouver,Ottawa and Montreal will allow officers to consume marijuana prior to reporting for duty as long as they are fit for duty when the report, much like the existing alcohol consumption policy.
Several others ( Edmonton, Halifax, Winnipeg ) have yet to announce their policy.
What do you think the Winnipeg Police policy on marijuana consumption by police officers should look like?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger approves downgrading possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
Citing budget limitations imposed on police and the courts Governor Schwarzenegger (I still have trouble putting Governor and Schwarzenegger in the same sentence) has approved legislation that downgrades simple possession of marijuana to the equivalent of a traffic ticket.
Simple possession is no longer a crime and will not result in a criminal record in California. Cultivation and distribution of marijuana remain on the books as criminal offences.
In November Californians will vote on Proposition 19 which if approved would legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Downgrading possession of an ounce or less to an infraction may result in erosion of support for Proposition 19 now that simple possession is no longer a crime.