Canada will invest quarter-billion into public safety for national cannabis legalization


In preparation for national cannabis legalization, Canada plans to invest $274 million dollars into deterring product diversion and drug-impaired driving.

Officials announced the federal government plans to put the funding toward cannabis-related law enforcement and border efforts such as research, training and policy development.

Of the $274 million dollars, $161 million will be used for training officers on the identification the signs of impairment, increasing access to drug screening devices and hiring additional law enforcement officials.

The remaining $113 million would be given to Public Safety Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency to develop policy which ensures organized crime does not infiltrate the regulated cannabis market and divert it across country borders.

This financial commitment is apart of Canada’s zero-tolerance approach for those driving under the influence of cannabis and is currently awaiting parliament approval.