CACP Discussion Paper - Recommendations for the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, February 8, 2017
02/08/17 - 01/09/19
The federal “Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation” submitted its report to the Government of Canada on November 30, 2016. As stated, “this report is a beginning, we all have a role to play in the implementation of this new, transformative public policy.”
Policing in Canada is one of the major sectors that will be impacted by legalization. Policing’s role from the beginning of this discussion was to look at the public safety impact and provide consultative advice to help mitigate the impact of such legislation towards “a legalized, regulated and restricted platform.“
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has participated widely in consultations on this issue and provided its own submission to the Task Force. In doing so, the CACP outlined concerns with regards to impaired driving, impact on organized crime, limiting youth access to marijuana and the fact that public education is critical and should begin immediately.