Vancouver Police Will Be Allowed to Use Marijuana While Off-Duty

Usually police officers, even in states with legalized marijuana, are still not very open to liberalizing cannabis laws. But apparently the police in Vancouver are all for it.

The Vancouver Police Department says that it will not impose any time restrictions on their officers for using marijuana while off-duty when recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada next month. The only policy they will enforce is that all officers must be fit for duty when they report to work.

Canada's actually had a number of policies regarding officials using marijuana that would probably shock many Americans. For instance the Canadian Armed Forces says soldiers must refrain from using marijuana in the eight hours before reporting to duty or for 24 hours before handling a firearm.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not made their policies known for when marijuana becomes legal in Canada next month, but they have said that banning their officers from using cannabis will not be part of it.

Obviously, the United States military still bans all soldiers from using cannabis. And even police forces in states or cities with legalized marijuana still ban their officers from using cannabis as well. Perhaps these policies in Canada will lead to more progressive marijuana policies in the United States.

(h/t Vancouver Sun)

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