Article by The Canadian Press, The Chronicle Herald
Canada’s premiers say the federal government needs to more fully answer questions surrounding the legalization of cannabis or they will need more time to get their rules in place.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the closing news conference at the leaders’ annual summer meeting in Edmonton that there are five areas that need to be clarified.
They include road safety and enforcement, preparation and training on distribution, taxation, public education, and supply and demand and how that might affect the black market.
“Premiers around this table agreed that should the federal government not engage adequately on these issues, we will need more time to implement the federal government’s decision,” Notley said Wednesday.
Ottawa has said it will pass legislation to make recreational pot legal next July 1, but it will be up to the provinces to decide on details such as how it will be distributed and sold, where it will be allowed and what the minimum buyer’s age should be.
Notley did not suggest how much of a delay the provinces might be seeking.
“We’ll work to the deadline, but as things stand right now, there is work that also needs to be done by the federal government in order for us to meet it. It has not yet been done.”
The premiers have struck a working group to seek answers from Ottawa and to provide recommendations by November on how to move forward.