OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau Liberals have ruled out a moratorium on arresting pot-related arrests, as Canada’s police chiefs call for the feds to lay out its plan for legalizing marijuana.
Police officers across the country have been dealing with a lot of people who are jumping the gun on legalization.
At this meeting Clive Weighill, the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police called on the government to quickly unveil it’s plan to legalize pot.
“Because the expectations are so high, I think once the Canadian public can see what the government is going to do and how they’re going to go about it, it would just take some of that pressure off.”
Parliamentary Secretary to Justice Bill Blair wouldn’t give details or timelines for his plan. He is, however, ruling out the possibility of placing a moratorium on arresting people for possession or for operating a pot dispensary.
“The laws of this country should be upheld, should be obeyed, and should be enforced,” says Blair.
Marijuana activists say it’s unfair to punish people for something that will soon be legal.
“We need to stop arresting peaceful Canadians for pot possession. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent and wasted enforcing those laws, when that money should be spent elsewhere. And those Canadians should be free from any punishment or persecution,” argues pot activist Jodie Emery.