He's now in favour of legalizing marijuana, but top cop turned would-be Liberal candidate Bill Blair might have to explain how that lines up with his leadership of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).
Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun contacted the CACP and was told, "Our position [opposing legalization] has not changed."
As Warmington told The Rebel's Brian Lilley yesterday, Blair's pro-legalization stance does, however line up well with that of his new "boss," Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.
Blair, who is now hoping to win the Liberal nomination in Scarborough Southwest, has said in the past:
"I have seen merely criminalizing marijuana hasn’t been successful in keeping it out of the hands of kids, it hasn’t kept organized crime out of the business. I think we can do better, through legalization and regulation, coupled with a strong public health response.”
The CACP adopted an anti-legalization resolution at their 2013 conference in Winnipeg, with Blair in attendance.
Blair's personal views were not yet public, but he must have held them at the same time he was overseeing "a major drug bust that would nab 36 people, many of whom were charged with the possession of illegal drugs including marijuana."
That's because, as Warmington points out, just "seven days later, Blair tells the country he actually favours the legalization of the very drug his officers knocked down doors to take off the street."
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