Quebec City Police Chief Asks Officers Not to Consume Cannabis, Even 'Outside of Work'

Quebec City Police Chief Robert Pigeon is pleading with his officers to abstain from cannabis. And while there won't be any formal rules put in place to prevent officers from enjoying a joint on their own time, Chief Pigeon believes it is in their best interest to refrain.

"The first tool of a police officer is their judgment, their ability to make decisions in their environment in very ambiguous contexts, so I need officers who are healthy," Pigeon told CBC. "I'd like for none of them to consume cannabis, including outside of work."

When asked why he was not taking the same stance against alcohol, Pigeon claimed it was because less is currently known about the affects of cannabis consumption than alcohol. Which doesn't make sense since alcohol is notorious for impairing judgement - a side effect that is well documented.

The Quebec City Police Department joins a number of other police agencies across the country that have stated their staff will not be prevented from consuming cannabis on their off-time. So far, Calgary is the only city that has implemented such a a ban, but there could be more added to that list in the near future as numerous other police departments have yet to announce their rules regarding cannabis.

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In the past few months, the stream of alarming news about the dangers of vaporizer cartridges has put some cannabis consumers on high alert. Since March, more than 2,000 people have gotten sick, and 40 people have died from illnesses related to vaping (VAPI, or vaping associated pulmonary injury). It is believed that the large majority of those who had become ill had used THC oil carts bought from illicit markets.

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