Police Officers in Ottawa Will Be Permitted to Consume Cannabis Off-Duty

Police officers in Ottawa, Ontario will be allowed to consume cannabis while off-duty once recreational marijuana is legalized later this month, according to a report from the CBC. The Ottawa Police Services Board adopted a new fit-for-service policy to govern cannabis-use by officers at its meeting on Monday.

Deputy Chief Steve Bell said that the policy is similar to the guidelines already in place for the use of other substances that may affect work performance. Continue reading “Police Officers in Ottawa Will Be Permitted to Consume Cannabis Off-Duty”

Pennsylvania Removes Medical Marijuana Users From Police Computers

A controversial part of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program just became more difficult to enforce. Under the state’s medical use law, passed in 2016, registered patients lose their gun rights once enrolled in the program. But if Pennsylvania removes medical marijuana users from police computers, determining who should and who shouldn’t have a gun gets harder. Yet the question remains. Will the move help restore medical cannabis patients gun rights? Continue reading “Pennsylvania Removes Medical Marijuana Users From Police Computers”

Congress Debates Medical Pot For Cops and Calls for More Research

Congress debates medical marijuana for cops and calls for more research, marking a significant shift in the culture. Yesterday, they discussed a measure calling on federal agencies to study the use of medical marijuana by police officers. The sponsor of this measure? A Republican from Florida. Wait, what? Continue reading “Congress Debates Medical Pot For Cops and Calls for More Research”

Study: Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes Crime Stats to Rise

A new study has found that closing medical marijuana dispensaries does not reduce crime in neighborhoods, but rather, causes the exact opposite.

Once again, we have academia and science to prove our point: weed dispensaries make for good neighbors.

According to data, published in the Journal of Urban Economics, researchers found that closing MMJ dispensaries was associated with an increase in larceny, property crimes, car break-ins and other street crime in the surrounding areas. Continue reading “Study: Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes Crime Stats to Rise”

France to Drop Prison Terms for Pot Use

France will introduce a law by year’s end to end prison terms for cannabis use, a spokesman for the new President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday.

Macron made his pledge to reform laws on cannabis use a key campaign plank during the hard-fought race. Under current law, offenders can face a year in prison plus a fine of up to 3,750 euros ($4,200).

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