Article by Todd Vaughan, Lacombe Express
The provincial government has began to amp its plans for when the federal cannabis legislation comes into effect next year by July 1st.
The Alberta Government is currently conducting a survey which is asking Albertans how they would like to see cannabis use and distribution be implemented in this province.
Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said July 1st, 2018 is an ambitious timeline, however this provincial survey – which has already had over 35,000 respondents – will help provincial legislation reflect the values of Albertans.
“The decision to legalize was ultimately made by the federal government, but the provincial government will have to make a bunch of surrounding decisions,” Ganley Said.
“We want to ensure the views and values of Albertans are reflected in how we go about legalizing, We are excited that this had good uptake so far and I think the more input we can get, the better.”
The survey covers much of the federal legislation, with the purpose of survey being to discover cannabis goals in Alberta; to establish guidelines around the purchase of cannabis; to establish where it will be acceptable to use cannabis in public settings; to establish a legal age for use; to ensure that roads and workplaces are safe and to discover the economic implications and opportunities within the legalization of cannabis.
“It is still open until the 31st of July and I encourage everyone to participate,” Ganley said.
The timeline is something Ganley believes is workable for the provincial government.