Article by Darren Taylor, Soo Today
One of the country’s former top cops, now formally looking into legalizing marijuana in Canada, visited Sault Ste. Marie Monday to meet with local officials regarding the issue.
Bill Blair, former Toronto Police Service chief and now Parliamentary Secretary to Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, is currently serving as head of a federal-provincial task force with the job of examining the issue of legalizing the substance.
“The government has made some commitments around changing the way in which we control cannabis in this country, moving it from criminal prohibition to a system of strict regulation, and talking to lots of communities about what that actually means, what that could look like and listening to concerns people have,” Blair told SooToday.
While still in opposition in July 2013, Justin Trudeau raised eyebrows when he called for marijuana’s legalization.
Many, including police chiefs, reacted by stating legalization of marijuana is dangerous, only creating a gateway for people to try heavier, more dangerous drugs.