More efficient than laying charges
At a meeting in Winnipeg last August, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police supported letting officers have the ability to ticket people found with 30 grams of marijuana or less. The association said it would be more efficient than laying charges.
Canadian police chiefs propose ticket system for pot
At the time, Justice Minister Peter MacKay said he appreciated the chiefs’ input but had no followup on their recommendation.
Now, the Conservative Party’s law enforcement caucus is receptive to the idea.
“We think it’s a positive move forward and we’ve expressed that to the powers that be,” said Rick Norlock, caucus chair.
Norlock said both MacKay and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney seem receptive to the idea.
But Norlock said the government would need to be careful in how it communicates any legislation.
“I guess the proviso would only be that we don’t send out the message that we think possession of marijuana is a good thing and that’s not something our party goes for.”