One step closer to legalization of marijuana
The Federal Government has released the report from the task force appointed to study the legalization of marijuana.
It contains numerous recommendations including limiting the sales to those 18 and older but provinces should be allowed the flexibility to set their own age restrictions.
The report recommends Ottawa impose many of the same restrictions that currently apply to alcohol and tobacco sales.
While it says cannabis consumption for personal purposes should be legalized, the task force recommends criminal penalties for illicit production and for those trafficking the drug.
It says cannabis should be sold in storefront locations but it recommends a ban of co-locating cannabis with alcohol and tobacco products.
It also says the government should support the development of roadside drug screening devices.
Nanaimo NDP MLA, Leonard Krog says there is a lot of work provinces can be doing to prepare for when it comes to legalizing marijuana and it doesn’t appear like the Christy Clark government is doing anything to get ready….
The federal government has promised to table legislation in spring 2017.