Pubdate: Sat, 26 Jul 2003
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Tim Meehan, 
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk


After reading in the Saturday Sun that a teenager went to police to
report stolen marijuana ("Teen calls cops after her pot is stolen,"
July 19), it seems to me that York Regional Police exercised due
diligence in this matter, and actually consulted their lawyers - who
confirmed that detaining, searching, and seizing a legal product could
open the force up to a wide range of legal liability. This, of course,
flies directly in the face of the message that many other Ontario
police forces - including Toronto Police are putting out, namely, that
they will illegally seize and document cases of marijuana possession
with a view to charging people if the law is reinstated on appeal.
Let's hope Chief Julian Fantino keeps in mind his former employer's
stance at the Rolling Stones concert.

Tim Meehan

Ontario Consumers for Safe Access to Recreational Cannabis

(We think our police have been sensible on marijuana enforcement and
will continue to be so at the concert) 
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