Work Continues on Provincial Marijuana Issues While Awaiting Federal Bill

Article by Gail Harding, CBC News

Mike Comeau, assistant deputy minister for public safety and chair of the provincial working group on legalizing cannabis says the groups will be made clearer when the federal government introduces its bill on legalizing marijuana next month

New Brunswick’s assistant deputy minister for public safety says it’s not 100 per cent clear yet what issues will have to be dealt with at the provincial level as the date approaches to reveal the federal legislation that will legalize marijuana.

The Liberal government is expected to unveil legislation during the week of April 10 that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018. The legislation will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.

Mike Comeau, chair of the provincial working group on legalizing cannabis said until the bill is introduced in April, the group can only concentrate on those decisions and issues that it knows will fall within its jurisdiction.

“We know a few things we are going to have to decide,” he said. “It’s become quite clear provinces are going to have to decide what’s the best model for distribution and retail in each province.”

He added provinces will also be responsible for determining the legal age for possession of legalized marijuana.

“Should it be 18, as the feds are planning to enact or should it be something older than that?”

Comeau said the premiers in Atlantic Canada are hoping the four provinces go with a common age.

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