Police will be able to toke, but must be fit for duty September 15, 2018
While members of the Canadian Armed Forces must refrain from using cannabis in the eight hours before they report for duty and for 24 hours before handling a firearm, regulations for police officers don't appear to be as tight.
Provided they show up at work fit for duty, your local police officers will be free to smoke a joint with the neighbours when recreational cannabis becomes legal under federal law on Oct. 17.
While members of the Canadian Armed Forces must refrain from using cannabis in the eight hours before they report for duty and for 24 hours before handling a firearm, regulations for police officers don’t appear to be as tight.
The Vancouver Police Department won’t apply any specific time restriction between using cannabis and reporting for duty, which is consistent with the department’s policy concerning alcohol and prescription drugs.
The VPD will add cannabis to its current human resources language concerning prescription drugs and alcohol, a policy change that is in the final stages of approval, according to spokesman Const. Jason Doucette.
“Training around the VPD’s impairment at the workplace policy will contain information on the latest research on the use of cannabis,” said Doucette in a written statement. “We want to provide our officers with the latest information so they can make an informed decision when it comes to cannabis use and being fit for duty.”