Article by CBC News
Senior officials from three provincial government departments and two Crown corporations will “assess the risks associated with the legalization” of marijuana in New Brunswick and recommend the best distribution and retail sales model by September, the government says.
A group of officials from Health, Finance, and Justice and Public Safety, as well as the New Brunswick Liquor Corp. and Opportunities NB, will consider issues such as what age should be adopted for possession of marijuana and what, if any, restrictions or regulations should be imposed by the province, in addition to those imposed by the federal government.
“Your government recognizes the opportunities and challenges that will arise with the federal government’s commitment to cannabis legalization,” Health Minister Victor Boudreau said in a statement Tuesday.
The working group will provide “direction on a number of key decisions that will need to be made,” Boudreau said.
“It is essential that we strike the right balance by ensuring protections for the well-being of families and children, and address health and public safety concerns,” he said. “We need to get this right.”