Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed former Toronto police Chief Bill Blair to aid in the Liberal party’s efforts to reform the nation’s cannabis policy.
“We have pretty robust systems of regulation for other intoxicants in this country, mostly overseen by the provinces and so we’ve already got a model, a framework we can build on here,”
“I think there are certain modifications or adjustments that we may have to make for cannabis as opposed to alcohol, but I think there is already a strong system in place for the control and regulation [of marijuana].”
Blair, who has voiced support for the stance taken by Trudeau’s Liberal party in the past, was offered praise and support by Toronto’s current mayor, John Tory.
“Somebody like Bill Blair, who I think is an open-minded, thoughtful person and who has experience with marijuana from the other side when it has been illegal, will be very well-suited to dealing with it,” said Tory.
“I think this is a complicated and delicate matter in terms of the considerations that have to apply to ensure that kids don’t have access to it and it’s handled in the right kind of way.”
Liberal party politicians are likely to back the Trudeau government’s proposed overhauls. One Liberal politician, Premier Kathleen Wynne, reported recently that cannabis should be allowed to be sold legally in outlets provincially owned and regulated by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.
The Liberal party has long argued that the country’s marijuana laws are ineffective as they lead to Canadians being forced to live with criminal records for possessing even small amounts of marijuana. According to the party platform, the consumption and use of cannabis will be removed from the nation’s criminal code so that regulations can be established to regulate retail sales, thereby eradicating the black market and preventing the sale of cannabis products to minors.
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