The Acting Chief of the Saskatoon Police Service had a number of recommendations and concerns for a federal committee in Ottawa in preparation for marijuana legalization next summer.
Mark Chatterbok says one issue is that right now there is no place in Canada for officers to go through a Drug Recognition Expert program. They have to go to the U.S. so it's expensive to attend and it's hard to get in because there is a long list needing the training. He would like the federal government to add funding for the training and get the ball rolling on a training program in this country. Another concern particularly for Saskatchewan is the number of impaired driving incidents there already are here. The Acting Chief points out that number of people killed from impaired driving is higher than the number of people killed through homicides. Chatterbok expects the impaired driving incidents will increase once marijuana is legalized. Chatterbok also advocates for a coordinated approach working with Health and school boards on an education program for youth on the dangers of cannabis use.