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)
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