Article by The Canadian Press via The Toronto Star
The complex task of legalizing marijuana in Canada looks poised to become the latest bone of contention between some of the provinces and the federal government.
A number of provincial governments have expressed concern in the wake of signals that federal legislation to legalize pot will be introduced the week of April 10.
Saskatchewan says Ottawa has offered “nothing” in the way of a pan-Canadian approach on regulations, prompting fears of a patchwork of rules and insurmountable law enforcement challenges.
The province says it is concerned about public safety and significant increases in enforcement costs — a tab it expects Ottawa to pick up in full.
Manitoba says there will be numerous challenges to address, although it has been preparing for the changes through extensive research and consultation.
Not all the provinces are apprehensive, however: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he doesn’t see the effort to legalize pot as complicating federal-provincial relations.