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Ottawa sparks discussion in run up to cannabis legalization

The Government of Canada is sparking up a discussion regarding how to go about legalizing and regulating marijuana with various stakeholders across the country.

Representing the government, Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, are embarking on a cross-country tour where they consider the opinions and ideas of representatives from different communities across Canada.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice Canada, the Government’s goal is to collect information from Canadians to help them shape regulation policy and create appropriate safeguards for the production and sale of marijuana.

According to Mr. Blair, the engagement sessions hosted by himself and Jody Wilson-Raybould will help further inform the Government as it moves towards legalization.

“I look forward to meeting with Canadians from across the country to hear their perspectives on regulating access to legal cannabis,” said Blair. “We know that the current system of prohibition through the criminal justice system is not protecting the health and safety of Canadians, especially our young people.”

“These meetings, along with the work of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation and the online consultations, will help inform the development of legislation to be introduced in Parliament this spring.”

The Government of Canada has committed to introducing legislation for the regulation and legalization of cannabis in the spring of 2017.

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