On Friday, Naqvi was given his mandate letter from the premier tasking him with developing a regulatory framework in anticipation of the federal government’s legalization of marijuana for recreational use.
Naqvi said the task won’t be easy, since Ontario and other provinces are “in a grey zone” until they know exactly what form the federal legislation will take when it’s expected to be tabled in 2017.
“The concern I have is, how long is this grey zone going to last, because there is a lot of work to be done,” said Naqvi.
Naqvi said the province is a long way from discussing whether marijuana will be sold alongside alcohol in the LCBO.
Naqvi said there hasn’t been much cabinet discussion about marijuana yet, but the province has created an inter-ministerial task force including representatives from finance, community safety, health, transportation, community and social services and the ministry of children and youth services.