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OPP, Madd Canada, worried about a spike in T-H-C involved crashes ahead of marijuana legalization

Marijuana will be legal in Canada starting on October 17th, and law enforcement is getting ready for the significant shift in pot regulation.

OPP Const. Jamie Stanley says they knew the day was coming and they have been working to ensure they have qualified experts who can test for impairment by drugs.

Even still, Stanley says they are worried about an increase of impaired drivers on our streets.


Police can ticket anyone caught using cannabis in public places, parks or while walking down the street.

The penalty for using pot in public is up to $1,000 on a first offense and up to $5,000 for subsequent offenses.

Meanwhile, Madd Canada is already worried about a spike in T-H-C involved crashes this fall, but one expert believes this issue is being overblown.

Lawyer Kyla Lee specializes in driving law, and she believes officers will be very visible when pot becomes legal in October.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving worries that T-H-C involved crashes will increase this fall pointing to a doubling of that statistic in Washington State after legalization.

But Eric Dumschat says roadside testing will be paired with officers trained to recognize signs of being high.


Dumschat hopes that federal funding will be made available to develop the science of roadside screening further, allowing it to become quicker, cheaper, more exact and able to detect a broader range of drugs.