Article by Stew Young, Times Colonist
Langford Mayor Stew Young wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week about policies on marijuana dispensaries. This is the text of his letter.
As you are aware, the City of Langford has been one of the fastest-growing communities within the capital region of Victoria over the past number of years. With this rapid growth comes many challenges associated with becoming a regional centre, including the regulation of cannabis dispensaries. Although many municipalities are struggling with this issue, I am one of the few mayors within our region looking for a common-sense and fully compliant approach to the distribution of cannabis.
I am writing to you today to implore your government to take urgent action to regulate the distribution of medical cannabis in our communities by designating Health Canada-licensed producers and pharmacies as the sole distributors for cannabis. In my view, this is the only viable way the police can fulfil their mandate to uphold the law and to protect the public.
I have recently heard that Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, has started a cross-country tour to discuss the legalization and regulation of cannabis. We certainly share your government’s goal of legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals. In addition to this, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the regulation of cannabis with yourself and or Health Minister Jane Philpott.
I have attached a recent letter from a constituent (which I am sending along to you, in confidence, with their permission). The constituent states that within two weeks of your election, they noticed “a sudden, significant increase in teenagers, 15 years and older, admitting on confidential medical history forms to using (‘medical’) marijuana and now frequently, have the smell of it invade my office … sometimes on the parent responsible for driving a post-operative patient home.”