Police support changes to medical marijuana access law

OTTAWA, June 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Today's announcement by the Government of Canada of proposed changes to the Marijuana Medical Access Program will provide more clarity for front-line police officers investigating residential grow-ops, and lead to greater community safety, said Canadian Police Association President Tom Stamatakis.

"Current regulations, which allow residential growth of marijuana through personal-use production licenses have allowed large loopholes that have unfortunately been exploited by drug producers, and worse, by organized crime," said Mr. Stamatakis.

Mr. Stamatakis pointed to two recent arrests made in Nova Scotia by Halifax Regional Police and RCMP officers where growers who had obtained residential licenses were growing far more marijuana than allowed, and had documents that instructed growers on how to obtain their license by lying to doctors.

"This isn't about whether drugs should be legalized, or about the merits of medical marijuana, this is about community safety," said Mr. Stamatakis. "Our officers have seen far too much abuse under the current system, and would prefer to see a more controlled system of distribution for those who legitimately require their medication."

The Canadian Police Association (CPA) is the national voice for 41,000 police personnel across Canada. Membership includes police personnel serving in 160 police services across Canada, from Canada's smallest towns and villages as well as those working in our largest municipal and provincial police services, and members of the RCMP, railway police, and first nations' police personnel.

SOURCE CANADIAN POLICE ASSOCIATION (CPA)

For further information:

Michael Gendron
Government and Media Relations Officer
(613) 299-6516 or mgendron@cpa-acp.ca

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