Introduction to the Cannabis Legislation
Course Category: Free Learning Resources
Course Category: Patrol/Operations Training

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2 hours

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The Government of Canada has committed to legalizing, regulating, and restricting access to cannabis through new legislation, Bill C-45 (henceforth referred to as the Cannabis Act, which is scheduled to become law on October 17, 2018.

The RCMP, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and CPKN have worked in partnership to develop and provide training on this new legislation for all Canadian law enforcement that will inform police officers on the new Federal legislation surrounding cannabis use. The training will provide an overview of the Cannabis Act and include information about cannabis, offences and penalties within the Act, important considerations for workplace health and safety, information about cannabis and Indigenous communities, and applications for the learning.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • List the two most common active ingredients in cannabis
  • Identify the stages of cannabis plant growth
  • Identify the effects of THC
  • Recall the difference between authorized and prohibited cannabis extraction methods
  • Recall the difference in effects between smoking cannabis and ingesting a cannabis-infused edible
  • Apply the equivalency factors to 30 grams of dried cannabis
  • Differentiate between non-medical and medical possession
  • Articulate the elements of each offence under the Cannabis Act that pertain to law enforcement
  • Articulate the offences and penalties under the Cannabis Act that pertain to law enforcement
  • Articulate the elements of offences under the Cannabis Act related to commercial sale
  • Articulate powers of arrest for offences under the Cannabis Act related to commercial sale
  • Understand offences under your provincial/territorial legislation
  • Recall the implications of cannabis use and its impact on driving ability
  • Recall special provisions related to search and seizure under the Cannabis Act
  • Recall the importance of personal protective equipment
  • Recognize and identify hazards as they relate to environments involving cannabis
  • Explain the importance of reporting exposure to cannabis and associated hazards
  • Discuss public safety issues as they relate to cannabis activities
  • Recognize how the Cannabis Act will apply to Indigenous communities
  • Recognize the importance of tailoring the enforcement approach to the unique nature of each Indigenous community
  • Recognize implicit bias and its impact
  • Apply the investigative skills you already possess to assist you in enforcing the Cannabis Act

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees

Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by the RCMP and Canadian Law Enforcement Partners.