Article by Holly Caruk, CBC News
About 100 Winnipeggers with pot on their minds gathered at St. James Civic Centre Tuesday night to discuss the pending legalization of marijuana in Canada, and how it could change things for tokers and the weed-free alike.
“This is a fundamental change in Canadian law, we’ve never done anything like this before,” said Doug Eyolfson, Liberal member of Parliament for Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley.
The former emergency room doctor invited his constituents to come out and air their concerns about legalization.
“This is a major change in society, so we want to make sure that the public is informed as to why we are doing it and to hear the public’s concerns.”
The group gathered to hear a short presentation about Bill C-45 , the proposed legislation to legalize marijuana, and were then invited to ask questions or voice concerns.
Second-hand smoke concerns
Many of the people who stood in line to speak were in favour of legalization, but worried about how the legislation would work and how pot would be accepted into everyday life.
“I am not interested in second-hand pot smoke, so what are you going to do?” asked Mary LeMaître, who came from Wolseley to take in the meeting.
“For smoking there’s regulations as to where you can smoke it. Is the government going to put something like that in place too? Because I don’t want drugs in my system.”