The Province of Manitoba is expanding the roles of police cadets, safety officers and the river patrol.
New regulatory changes will permit community safety officers (CSOs), First Nation safety officers (FNSOs) and Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) cadets and the river patrol unit to enforce provincial laws prohibiting cannabis use in public places, possession under the legal age of 19 and providing cannabis to someone underage.
CSOs, FNCSOs and cadets will also be given the power to apprehend people who are trespassing
CSOs will also be able to stop vehicles and enforcing specific restrictions and prohibitions set out under The Highway Traffic Act.
Cadets will be given additional powers to enforce bans on tobacco smoking in enclosed places.
The river patrol will also be able to enforce provincial laws such as:
• transporting and public consumption of alcohol, as well as possession of alcohol by minors;
• the use of non-potable intoxicating substances including selling or offering these substances to a minor;
• taking intoxicated people into custody under The Intoxicated Persons Detention Act;
• restrictions and prohibitions set out under The Off-Road Vehicles Act; and
• some licensing restrictions and prohibitions, such as driving while disqualified or prohibited.
The changes to the regulations come into force on October 17, 2018, the day that cannabis is legalized in Canada.
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