Reaction to on-duty RCMP officer smoking medical marijuana
Cpl. Ronald Francis of New Brunswick's 'J' Division says drug helps him cope with PTSD
We asked for your opinion on whether a medicated RCMP officer should be able to smoke medical marijuana while in his red serge uniform.
Cpl. Ronald Francis, who is currently assigned to administrative duties with New Brunswick's J Division, said smoking marijuana has no negative effect on his ability to be a police officer and that he intends to continue smoking on the job.
Francis told CBC News marijuana has helped him to calm down and reduces his PTSD symptoms. His prescription allows for three grams a day, which he estimates to be nine to 15 joints, though he said he doesn’t typically smoke that much.
RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gilles Moreau said the force has a duty to accommodate members’ medical needs, but also has to consider the effect on other members and on public perceptions. Moreau said the drug should not be smoked while the officer is in uniform.
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