Article by Jon Hiltz, Marijuana.com
Canada is slowly but surely headed down the rabbit-hole to become the first G7 nation with legal adult-use cannabis.
Thus far, Canadians have been asked to share their ideas on a broad scale as to how this landmark event should unfold. Most of the heavy lifting on legislation, however, has been accomplished by the feds.
Now that Bill C-45 has been through the first and second readings in Parliament, it’s time for the individual provinces to create the framework for how marijuana will be handled in each region. Provinces will be largely responsible for determining their mix of retail access points, local age limits, and a deluge of other necessary bureaucracy.
For this important step in the journey, provinces are turning to citizens for advice on the way locals should be permitted to get their legal weed.
For example, Alberta recently sent out a public consultation survey to get views on age limits, the use of cannabis in public, and impaired driving laws. Residents of Alberta, citizens of other Canadian provinces, local governments, and even U.S. stakeholders have been invited to participate in the process.
In the East, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador sent out a short questionnaire which is due tomorrow, while Quebec announced it will be holding public consultations this summer.
New Brunswick established a governmental working group, seeking input from stakeholders and the public. As well, Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia have established governmental working groups of their own. They are all, at the moment, reviewing federal legislation.
But what do the licensed producers (LPs) want? They have, arguably, more skin in the game than the average citizens on the matter.
“I don’t think that we know exactly what the best possible model will be,” said Jordan Sinclair, Director of Communications for Canopy Growth. “For us, we’ll work with any model that comes out. The one thing that [Canopy] has been clear about, is that we think there should be a continuation of the mail-order system and e-commerce system as it exists today.”
Sinclair went on to add that the mail system, currently the only way Canadians can get medical marijuana, is necessary because some provinces may not be ready to sell regulated cannabis come legalization day.