New Brunswick Marijuana Legalization Working Group Looks at Public Policy, Distribution

Article by CBC News

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A provincial working group looking at how to prepare for the legalization of marijuana is exploring a wide range of issues as it awaits further direction from the federal government, says member Brian Harriman.

The group needs to know what will be mandated federally and what types of decisions can be made at a provincial level, said Harriman, who is the president and CEO of NB Liquor.

But some of the issues the province could be faced with include whether there should be two separate systems for medicinal use and recreational use, what the distribution channels should be, where marijuana products can be used, and whether it can be grown at home, he said.

“So it’s a very broad project, honestly, but we’ve taken the approach provincially it’s really about public safety, public health, and then the retail side is very secondary.”

The federal task force chaired by former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan is scheduled to make recommendations to the federal government before the end of the year, said Harriman, who also sits on a sub-working group of that task force.

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