Article by Lift News
The Council of the Federation (COF) released their statement on cannabis legalization today from the Premiers’ meeting in Alberta. Premiers are asking for support from the federal government on issues like road safety, sales and distribution, taxation and tax revenue distribution, public education campaigns and supply issues.
All premiers were in attendance except for the new BC Premier John Horgan. While most premiers said they felt they could implement legalization within the government’s target date of July 1, 2018, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister suggested his province may need more time to prepare for legal marijuana. Rachel Notley, Alberta’s Premier, did not that if the government cannot aid provinces on key issues, they may need more time.
Notley said she ‘absolutely anticipates’ that Ottawa will review their ‘significant’ concerns with the implementation of legalization.
“The reality is that we will move forward as quickly as we can, dependent upon the federal government’s ability to engage in a fulsome way in the matters we’ve put forward, because they are important,” said Notley during a press conference.
Premiers have established a Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Cannabis Legalization. This Working Group will report by November 1, 2017.
COF’s statement can be read below.
The federal government has made a decision to legalize cannabis. Cannabis legalization is a complex issue that requires a focussed approach by provinces and territories. To achieve better outcomes for Canadians as the provinces and territories plan for cannabis legalization, Premiers have established a Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Cannabis Legalization. This Working Group will report by November 1, 2017 to Premiers and identify common considerations and best practices to cannabis legalization and regulation, guided by the objectives of reducing harm, protecting public safety, and reducing illicit activity.