'We're not the tobacco police' says police chief

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'We're not the tobacco police' says police chief

Post by Head Honcho » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:26 pm

Police say they have more important things to do that to check up on tokers

The legalization of cannabis won’t stop the Timmins Police Service from arresting drug- or alcohol-impaired motorists.

But don’t expect them to chase after people who are toking in places they’re not supposed to.

“We’re not the tobacco police,” Timmins Police Chief John Gauthier said during the police board meeting late last week.

On Oct. 17, when the legislation to regulate recreational cannabis is scheduled to come into effect, the smoking of cannabis in the province will fall under the same regulations as the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

Currently under that Act, you cannot smoke or hold a lit cigarette in any enclosed workplace, any enclosed public places and specifically designated outdoor places in Ontario. In Timmins, that includes public parks and within several feet of an entranceway into a building.

Those rules are typically enforced by municipal bylaw officers and public health unit inspectors.

Gauthier said residents’ expectations are going to have to change dramatically when it comes to the response from police about people smoking marijuana in areas that they’re not supposed to.

“If they’re going to decriminalize marijuana, to allow it to be smoked publicly … where does it end? We’ll be chasing people to tell them – what? Don’t smoke in front of this storefront?

“I mean, we’ve got a lot more important things to do. The board can certainly agree, we have investigations and stuff to do.

“It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances because it raises that question. Who’s going to enforce it? When they call 911 … in a couple of weeks and they’re screaming ‘Well, they’re smoking marijuana in front of my storefront and I don’t want them there.’ OK, call the public health unit. There are two inspectors there … or call bylaw enforcement.

“But certainly from my perspective, that’s not a police issue.”

One place where it will continue to be a policing issue, however, is within vehicles.

Gauthier pointed out, “All methods of consuming cannabis – smoking, vaping and ingestion – would be prohibited in vehicles and boats that are being driven or under the person’s care and control.”

~Timmins Times

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Re: 'We're not the tobacco police' says police chief

Post by Loco101 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:56 pm

Horrible quotes from our police chief. It kind of encourages those smoking marijuana to do it in places that might annoy others and then they can laugh when nothing gets done about the complaint.

I wish that we could consume beer and wine in public places. It will be quite silly that we will be allowed to smoke up walking along any street but can't have a beer. I wish we could drink in public as long as it's with a meal like you can in most parks in Quebec.

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