Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer says his department is in a good position to adapt to new marijuana laws if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau follows through on his promise to legalize the drug.
The city already has a progressive approach to softer drugs, he noted.
“My focus, since I’ve been chief, and with the prior chief as well, the focus was on more serious drugs like fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin and the violence associated to that.”
Ultimately, police will follow the new Canadian government’s lead, he said.
“I know the Liberals have said they are going to legalize it for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Whatever the law of the land is, the police department will roll with it.”
He also pointed out that police need to be sensitive to what communities want.
“In all the surveys that we’ve seen in recent years, the vast majority of people support some sort of legalization or regulation on marijuana — decriminalization — however that may look,” said Palmer.
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