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The Department of Justice Canada announced today that Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, will begin a cross-country tour to talk with Canadians about marijuana legalization.
Mr. Blair will be meeting with “Canadians and various stakeholders on the government’s commitment to legalizing, strictly regulating and restricting access to cannabis.”
Dates and details of the meetings are still unknown. More from Lift as the issue unfolds. Most new regulations in Canada have to meet the requirements of a series of steps known as the regulatory process. Public consultation and making sure the public have an opportunity to participate in developing or modifying regulations and regulatory programs is part of the process of introducing new legislation.
The Liberal government has promised to introduce legislation in Parliament by this spring that will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis in Canada. The government’s focus has been on restricting access to youth, removing profits from organized crime, and building regulations around how cannabis is grown, produced, and sold.
The Government has committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of children, and keep the profits out of the hands of criminals. The Government’s goal, with input from Canadians, is to better control access to cannabis, and put in place appropriate safeguards for its production and sale. These engagement sessions conducted by Mr. Blair will help further inform the Government’s work going forward.