Article by The Oshawa Express
There are many options on the table for the province to consider when it comes to the future distribution and sale of marijuana, but for one local advocate, Ontario is cutting it a little close.
In recent weeks, the province has been gathering feedback from Ontarians through an online survey and a consultation paper in a process that is ongoing until July 31.
However, Marko Ivancicevic, medical marijuana advocate and owner of Green Valley Wellness, believes it may not be enough.
“The big picture is, they don’t have a lot of time,” says Ivancicevic. “I will applaud Kathleen (Wynne) and the provincial Liberals for wanting to move ahead with this consultation process so to speak, albeit, giving a two-week timeline to be able to gather the opinions of Ontarians, I don’t think is really a long enough time span to be able to get the type of information that they seek.”
In particular, the provincial government is looking for opinions on how they should handle legalization in a way that “protects youth, prevents harm and ensures that Ontario’s roads continue to be among the safest in North America.”
The federal government’s Cannabis Act, introduced in April, if passed, will legalize marijuana across Canada by 2018. Those plans require the provincial governments to establish methods for distributing, selling and regulation.