MANITOBA LOOKING TO SWAY PROVINCES TO DELAY POT LEGALIZATION BY 1 YEAR
Jul 18, 2017
By Bob Komsic
Saying he feels there are too many unaddressed issues that need to be resolved, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s looking to get his provincial colleagues to demand Ottawa delay the legalization of recreational marijuana by one year.
He feels the provinces need more time to ensure proper roadside testing is in place to keep impaired drivers off the roads and to education Canadians about the dangers of getting behind the wheel high.
Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne and Quebec’s Philippe Couillard say the premiers, who are attending the Council of the Federation meetings in Edmonton, will have more discussions on this on Wednesday, but say their provinces are working towards meeting the July 2018 deadline set out in legislation introduced this spring.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he would not oppose an extension.
Host premier, Rachel Notley, has hinted Alberta may not be prepared and might request a delay.