Former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair Officially Canada’s Minister of Marijuana

Article by Solomon Israel, Leaf News

Rob Ford; Bill Blair Bill Blair officially Canada's minister of marijuana Former Toronto police chief has significant powers under Cannabis Act By: Solomon Israel City of Toronto police chief Bill Blair speaks to the media in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 regarding a recovered video file involving City of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette City of Toronto police chief Bill Blair speaks to the media in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 regarding a recovered video file involving City of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Bill Blair has officially been named the minister responsible for administering the Cannabis Act, according to a privy council order dated Nov. 21.

Blair, a former Toronto police chief, became Canada’s first-ever minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction in July, but he played a key role in cannabis legalization well before that.

In his previous role as parliamentary secretary to the ministers of Health and Justice, Blair was frequently trotted out as a top spokesperson for the government’s marijuana-legalization policy.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor was previously the minister responsible for the law that legalized non-medical cannabis in Canada on Oct. 17.

Blair’s new responsibility was foreshadowed by his August ministerial mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which assigned him to “lead the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis” with help from the ministers of Health, Justice and Public Safety.

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