Article by Solomon Israel, Leaf News
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.