Chief Police, Mark Saunders said, “cannabis is a psychoactive drug that can continue to affect a person’s ability to make good decisions”

Mark Saunders said; 

“Anticipation of the October 17th legalization of recreational cannabis use across the country under the Cannabis Act, I communicated an interim procedure to members of the Toronto Police Service last week concerning the acceptable use of cannabis for those working in the Service.

The standard I have proposed is that no member be permitted to serve on active duty within 28 days of consuming cannabis. This was the recommended approach that emerged after months of consideration and research by the Service’s internal Cannabis Working Group. Importantly, three principles guided this approach.

Our approach must be guided by science and up-to-date medical research. The science we have relied upon warns us that cannabis is a psychoactive drug that can continue to affect a person’s ability to make good decisions, concentrate, control impulses and rely on memory for up to several weeks after last use. Members need to rely on these very abilities every day.”

City Pulse, Toronto

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