Blair Says Process of Legalization Could Take Year or More

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Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair re-emphasized the Liberal Party’s ‘legalize, regulate and restrict access’ mantra, saying the process of sorting out provincial and municipal rules will take time

Bill Blair continues his tour of Canada this week, meeting with lawmakers, stakeholders, and law enforcement officials to discuss marijuana legalization.

In BC last week, and Ontario the week before, Blair is now back in Ontario and yesterday spoke with media in Sault Ste. Marie to provide a public update on the conversation so far.

Blair once again emphasized the Liberal Party’s ‘legalize, regulate and restrict access’ mantra, stressing some of the Task Force recommendations, like a Federal age limit of 18 and plain packaging to discourage a consumer market.

“It is not the government of Canada’s intention to promote the use of this drug,” Blair told SooToday.com.  “Our intention is to restrict its access to young people and make sure adults who choose to use it are given accurate information about the consequences for their health and social outcomes.”

“The current prohibition is overwhelmingly being ignored…so we propose to put in a very strict system of regulation that controls the production of cannabis, where it can be legally sold, under what circumstances, how much, and to whom,” he continued.

Blair also mentions that the process of coordinating all these regulatory changes between federal, provincial and municipal governments could take another year or two.

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