Pubdate: Fri, 29 Sep 2017
Source: Tri-City News (Port Coquitlam, CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 Tri-City News
Page: A12


Ontario has already decided how it will distribute recreational
marijuana once it's legal next summer. But many other provinces are in
differing stages of identifying how this shift in federal drug
policies and policing will be handled.

In B.C., consultation started Monday - with a reportedly swift and
massive response - while municipalities are wondering how they will
manage this change, especially in the area of zoning, policing and
managing costs. Others wonder how potent the pot strains will be and
if there will even be enough supply to meet demand.

All these questions and more suggest a lot of work needs to be done
before this sea change in public policy comes to pass.

Perhaps the July 1, 2018 date should be aspirational, with a longer
timeline for this process to unfold.

We agree with the legalization of marijuana to better control the
substance and wrest profits away from criminals. But maybe the federal
Liberal government timeline is simply unrealistic. Another six months
or year of planning could make sure legalization is done properly.
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