Article by Gordon Kent, Edmonton Sun
Alberta should have regulations in place to allow recreational marijuana sales next year, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Tuesday.
The federal government has vowed to introduce legislation this spring to legalize pot, but Ganley said packaging, distribution, zoning, building codes and other details must be worked out before people can smoke and eat cannabis in the province without breaking the law.
“I’m not sure whether that has yet penetrated the public’s consciousness fully. There’s an enormous amount of work that has to be done,” she said following a speech to the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties convention in the Shaw Conference Centre.
“We’re preparing to have our decisions made within a year. A little bit more time would be better.”
One concern is ensuring pot products don’t attract children. For example, eating the drug is popular in Colorado, which Ganley visited last fall to see how its legal cannabis system works, so the state insists pot gummy candies can’t be in kid-friendly animal shapes.