An increase in impaired driving charges, a pair of house explosions and a rash of illegal cannabis products seized through Canada Post have all happened in 2019. And Edmonton police anticipate that’s just the tip of the iceberg.A city-authored report released Thursday, heading to the Oct. 16 meeting of city council’s Community and Public Services Committee, anticipates the onset of edible cannabis will only make things worse. Edmonton police made a $1.4-million budget request last year for cannabis-related issues. It was turned down by city council in part because the supply was limited after the AGLC curtailed sales licences through retail stores.That moratorium has since been lifted and eventually edible products will be on the market.“With edibles, comes a demand for it,” said Councillor Sarah Hamilton, who chairs the committee and is a member of the Edmonton Police Commission. Story continues below advertisement “Per the federal government, we will not see edibles on the market on Oct. 17, it’s when the manufacturing of edibles can start.”The fear, she told Global News, is homemade and illegally obtained products with THC will enter the market after the one-year lag period in federal legislation between when cannabis was first made legal, and the… Read full this story
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