Nova Scotia’s Three-Pronged Pot Consultation Won’t Include Public Meetings

Article by Jean Laroche, CBC News

Three-pronged pot consultation won't include public meetings Roll-out of Nova Scotia's public consultation plan coming in next few weeks By Jean Laroche, CBC News. If you want to tell the Nova Scotia government your thoughts on legalized marijuana, be prepared to go online. (Matthew Staver/Bloomberg)

If you want to tell the Nova Scotia government your thoughts on pot — how it should be sold, how old you should be to buy it, or where to legally consume it — you’ll have to go online or be home when a pollster comes calling.

Nova Scotia’s public consultation process on legalized marijuana, rolling out later this fall, will be three-pronged approach that won’t include public meetings, Justice Minister Mark Furey told CBC News.

“There’ll be an online component so Nova Scotians can have input,” he said, speaking Wednesday outside the legislative chamber at Province House. “There’ll be a public opinion telephone poll and there will be continued discussion with stakeholders.”

Stakeholders include “law enforcement, the legal community, the general public at large, special interest groups, and health care,” said Furey, who is a retired RCMP officer.

Businesses currently selling marijuana or related products would have an “opportunity” to provide input, he said, but the province hasn’t reached out to get it. “We haven’t had any direct conversation with them at this point.”

Online access

Furey said he expects that most opinions would likely be gathered online.

“That will afford every Nova Scotian the opportunity to provide input, and the public opinion telephone polling will capture another element or component of Nova Scotians.”

But the province’s Official Opposition said those options fall short, calling for public meetings as part of the process.

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