War on Drugs

Canada to Cop: It's OK to Smoke Pot, Just Not In Uniform

If only all our drug debates were like this one.


As marijuana grows more socially and legally acceptable, the political issues around it evolve:

Dude, I'm so high right now.

Cpl Ronald Francis, an officer with more than 20 years' service in the eastern province of New Brunswick, has a medical prescription that allows him to take up to 3g of the drug daily to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Canadian broadcaster CBC reports. While senior officers have said that his marijuana use is fine under Canadian medical and human rights laws, they have drawn the line over smoking in public while wearing the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police]'s famous red serge uniform. Assistant commissioner Gilles Moreau told CBC that "it would not portray the right message to the general public, it's definitely not something we would support or condone."

If only all our drug debates were like this one.