Mr. Terence Young (Oakville, CPC)
Mr. Speaker, the member opposite was paraphrasing something that apparently came out of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. I want to ensure that the House has no misapprehension that the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police supports legalizing marijuana.
In fact, I will quote from a resolution it made at its August 2013 annual conference. It states:
We believe that decriminalization or legalization is not the direction we should be moving toward from a public safety perspective....
The illicit use of cannabis can have a negative impact on public safety and the health of young persons in particular.
Cannabis is a drug that impairs cognitive function, can cause delusional thoughts or hallucinations, and negatively impacts the ability to operate a motor vehicle or machinery.
There are other comments as well.
I wanted to ensure that the House does not think somehow the chiefs of police from across Canada want to make marijuana legal or decriminalize it.
Would the member care to comment?
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