One year since legalization, Edmonton police say illegal cannabis activity hasn’t diminished

By: DUSTIN COOK 

But deputy chief Alan Murphy said so far the $1.4 million in funding from the city has been enough to handle illicit cannabis activity that hasn’t lessened since legalization.

Enforcement of cannabis-impaired driving eats up a lot of the additional funding, having provided training for 759 frontline officers to conduct field sobriety tests, Murphy told city council’s community and public services committee during the quarterly update Wednesday morning.

An increase in cannabis-impaired driving charges is a concern, Murphy said, even though it’s unclear if impaired driving is happening more frequently or if the rise is a result of increased check stops and a focus on drug impairment.

As of August, 29 people have been suspected of cannabis-impaired driving compared to 17 during the same period in 2018. Alcohol and other drug-related impaired driving charges have also seen an increase this year.

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