That’s Why Canadian Police Asks Not To Call 9-1-1 After Weed Legalization

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As you may know, Canada legalized weed fall 2018. However, 9-1-1 call operators still receive many disturbing calls every day. All of them are about people smoking cannabis. There is even a new campaign launched. It’s called “Do not call 9-1-1”. Let the Typical Student team tell you more!

Toronto Police Service Is Tired

canadian-police-asks-not-to-call-9-1-1-after-weed-legalization-1.jpgSo, people keep calling and telling about others smoking weed on public. For these simple reasons, Toronto Police Service has launched a new ad campaign against trivial non-emergencies. “Do not call 9-1-1” was made to stop wrong cases. It says that Canadian people should not call the police and use the emergency line when they notice week smokers, as this is  “not critical”.

The Reasons

canadian-police-asks-not-to-call-9-1-1-after-weed-legalization-2.jpgHere are some reasons people keep calling the 9-1-1. Local Police published them on Twitter.

“Asking for directions because you’re lost is not a 9-1-1 call,” one reads, adding that that was in fact a 9-1-1 call. “Reporting an adult smoking a joint isn’t either… Do not call the police for this.”

canadian-police-asks-not-to-call-9-1-1-after-weed-legalization-3.jpg“Asking what to do with your frozen meat during a power outage is not a 9-1-1 call,” reads another (also an actual call made to 9-1-1, it says). “Smelling weed coming from your neighbour’s home isn’t either.”

“Asking police to call your friend because you’re out of minutes is not a 9-1-1 call,” reads a third ad (indeed, a real 9-1-1 call). “Calling about your look pot plants isn’t either.”

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