Alberta NDP says Federal Pot Legalization Shouldn’t be Hurried

Article by James Wood, Calgary Herald

Alberta’s NDP government is warning Ottawa not to rush on marijuana legalization, but isn’t calling for pending federal legislation to be halted.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Tuesday there is much work that will need to be done after the Liberal government introduces its legalization bill, which is expected in the spring.

She suggested the legislation should be subject to considerable deliberations through the House of Commons committee process.

“We need time to consider these things but we need to consider them once we’ve seen what the feds are doing,” Ganley told reporters at the provincial legislature.

“I think they have gotten the message we need time to work out our processes around theirs.”

Ganley said unsettled questions that need to be addressed include which level of government will be responsible for regulating production and distribution.

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