Ontario Provincial Party Leaders Agree on Ottawa’s Need to Speed Weed Law

Article by Robert Benzie, The Toronto Star

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All three major provincial political party leaders agree that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to clear the haze swirling around marijuana legalization.

In a rare display of unanimity at Queen’s Park, Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath are each urging Ottawa to provide some direction.

“We need to get some clarity from the federal government on timeline and process,” said Wynne, who has officials from 12 provincial departments working on a marijuana strategy dealing with health, justice and social implications.

“All of the orders of government need to work together, because there are impacts.

“Whatever the decisions are, there will be impacts on every level of government and on our jurisdiction, so I think that there needs to be that conversation that includes everybody as we could move forward.”

Brown concurred that “it would be better if there was clarity.”

“There’s an extended legal grey zone and there’s a mandate that Prime Minister Trudeau has from the last federal election; everyone anticipates (legalization) is coming . . . .” the Tory leader said.

Currently, scofflaws are able to operate illegal “dispensaries,” which is making things difficult for law enforcement officials.

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