Opinion: Legalizing ­Marijuana Must be Done Right

Article by Kingston This Week

Prime Minister Justin ­Trudeau campaigned to legalize pot in the 2015 election campaign.

This federal task force report on the subject, released this week, offered no quick fix to the complex issues surrounding legalization, and the sensible ­recommendation that the Liberals ­proceed slowly.

The 106-page report made more than 80 recommendations, including restricting pot sales to those 18 and older, banning sales near schools, banning pot advertising and branding (similar to tobacco products) and a new, proposed Cannabis Control Act to police illegal production and ­trafficking.

Marijuana consumption is an estimated $7 billion-a-year underground business in Canada, and that market could grow to $10 billion to $20 billion with legalization.

Legalization is also broadly supported by the Canadian public.

Meanwhile, the case for criminalization is increasingly difficult to support.

Canada needs to reconcile the agreements it made through international treaties to criminalize and prosecute drug possession and production with legalization in this country.

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