Despite a letter asking for some clarification of its policies on marijuana and dispensaries, Vancouver Police will stay the course.
VPD Police Chief Adam Palmer says they have decided that as they wait for the federal government to follow through on a promise to legalize marijuana, the department’s current policies will stand.
“The department is just business as usual. So we prioritize our resources. We go after methamphetamine, herion, and cocaine and things like that, that are a higher priority. And fentanyl, which is killing people in our streets. We will look at things if it is organized crime related, youth related. That is where we sit with that, nothing has changed.”
Palmer says he has to prioritize what his officers do, and things like violent and property crime are more serious, while marijuana is not.
The OPCC had recommended Vancouver Police develop an enforcement policy on marijuana dispensaries in line with city bylaws.