Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair launches tour to meet with Canadians to discuss cannabis legalization and regulation

News Release
From Department of Justice Canada

February 16, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Department of Justice Canada

Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, has started a cross-country tour to discuss the legalization and regulation of cannabis. Mr. Blair will be meeting with Canadians and various stakeholders on the government’s commitment to legalizing, strictly regulating and restricting access to cannabis.

The Government has committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals. The Government’s goal, with input from Canadians, is to better control access to cannabis, and put in place appropriate safeguards for its production and sale. These engagement sessions conducted by Mr. Blair will help further inform the Government’s work going forward.

“I look forward to meeting with Canadians from across the country to hear their perspectives on regulating access to legal cannabis. 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.”

Bill Blair, M.P.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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