Saskatoon’s police chief calls for delay in cannabis legalization

Troy Cooper says policy enforcement for drug-impaired driving is unclear

Saskatoon’s police chief says he would like the legalization of marijuana in Canada held off for a year so his officers can further train on how to detect drug-impaired drivers.

Troy Cooper says his force will be prepared when recreational marijuana is made legal—possibly by this summer—but he would still like to see an extension.

Related: Questions abound about testing for cannabis impairment

Saskatchewan’s plan for legalization includes zero tolerance for drug-impaired driving, but Cooper says he doesn’t yet know how that policy will be enforced.

He says equipment needed to test drivers isn’t available yet, and that’s causing problems for training.

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