Should an RCMP officer smoke marijuana on-duty in public?

A Mountie with a prescription for medical marijuana says he should be able to smoke the drug while in his red serge uniform. Even though it is not illegal, the force disagrees. What do you think?

New Brunswick Mountie says prescribed drug helps him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder

Cpl. Ronald Francis says his choice to switch to medical marijuana was a health decision and he should be able to smoke the drug while in uniform. (CBC)

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription thinks he should be able to smoke the drug while in uniform, but the RCMP says he can't smoke marijuana while in red serge or while wearing his regular working uniform.

Cpl. Ronald Francis serves with J Division in New Brunswick and received a prescription for medical-grade marijuana on Nov. 4.

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.

What do you think?


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