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Police Chief planning for marijuana legalization

'I'm trying to look at it objectively and say the legalization of marijuana is similar to legalization of alcohol and the rules that apply to alcohol'
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North Bay police chief Shawn Devine. Photo by Jeff Turl.

It's not just landlords that are wondering about what will happen when pot is legalized on Oct. 17.

See: Landlords navigating uncharted waters with legalization of recreational cannabis 

Police are also busy planning for what will be a major change in enforcement.

The issue came up at Wednesday’s North Bay Police Services Board meeting where Chief Shawn Devine told members police agencies are in for a long string of question marks.

He also says new training will be needed for his officers.

"For 30 some years marijuana is something that has been illegal. I'm trying to look at it objectively and say the legalization of marijuana is similar to legalization of alcohol and the rules that apply to alcohol will be the rules that apply to cannabis.

He told CKAT news they wish had more time to prepare, but realizes they don’t.

“We’re always looking at different changes, we don’t think the sky is falling, but it’s going to take some work to work with the new legislation that’s out there,” Devine says.

He adds he'll be looking at workplace use.

"We will work with the Police Association with regards to rules applicable to recreational cannabis use for our employees."




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