Wynne Wants to Spark Up a Conversation with Fellow Premiers about Legalized Pot

Article by Robert Benzie, The Toronto Star


Premier Kathleen Wynne plans to raise the issue of legalized recreational marijuana at the annual premiers’ conference.

As Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders gather for their annual summer conference, Premier Kathleen Wynne wants the inside dope from her colleagues about legalized recreational marijuana.

“I can tell you I’m going to ask people what they’re thinking about it,” Wynne told the Star in an interview before the summit begins Wednesday.

Her comments come against as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government prepares to end the prohibition of marijuana.

Trudeau has appointed former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan to lead a task force of medical and legal experts to consult with provinces, municipalities, and Canadians before releasing a report in November that will serve as the template of next year’s legislation.

Wynne, who has officials from 12 provincial departments working on Ontario’s weed strategy, said she is eager to learn the views of other premiers as they gear up for that.

While marijuana is not on the meeting’s formal agenda, the premier said there will be “opportunities for us in casual conversation.”

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