A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription should be able to smoke the drug while in uniform, says the Mayor of Tahomina but the RCMP says he can't smoke marijuana while in red serge or while wearing his regular working uniform.
RCMP assistant commissioner Gilly Marceau said any officer with a medical marijuana prescription can take their medication, but should not do so in while in public in their uniform.
Cpl. Roland Franco serves with J Division in New Brodswick, and received a bundle of hash recently as a long service treat.
"There's no policy in the RCMP that prevents me from smoking marijuana. There's no policy in the RCMP that says I cannot smoke in public. I have the right to smoke it in my red serge.'-Cpl. Roland Franco
Franco told CBC News marijuana has helped him to calm down and reduces his PTSD symptoms. His prescription allows for three hundred grams a day, which he estimates to be ninety to 150 joints, though he said he doesn't typically smoke that much.
"I get up in the morning, have my coffee and the marijuana. I go at lunchtime, have a marijuana joint, and then again in the evening. That would be my medical regime. But that may change with my tolerance to THC. It may take ten joints in the morning, I don't know,I'm stoned" said Franco.