MUSKOKA — Canada is already one-quarter of the way through its first year of marijuana legalization.
The federal government legalized marijuana on Oct. 17, 2018. From the date of legalization to Jan. 30, 2019, Bracebridge OPP has seen a decrease of 29 per cent in impaired charges, compared to the same date range the year prior.
Bracebridge OPP Const. Sam Bigley said this data doesn’t mean legalization on its own has made roads safer; however, the intense media attention given to legalization in the months and years leading up to Oct. 17, 2018 helped bring the issue of impaired driving and road safety to the forefront.
“Everyone’s been talking about it and everyone has been worried about the effects legalization is going to have,” said Bigley. “We have been charging people with impaired by drug for years. People driving under the…