Pubdate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2017 Postmedia Network
Author: Chris Nelson
Page: A9


Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass its marijuana
legalization when there are still so many questions and so few answers?

Just this week, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said the
legislation is coming too fast, stating, "There is insufficient time
to prepare the necessary legislative framework and regulations to
ensure the public safety."

The Canadian Association of Police Chiefs warned it will be
"impossible" to be ready for the government's target of legalizing
marijuana by July 1, 2018. Do these things not matter?

Why is the Trudeau government not listening to their own health
department, which warned youth under the age of 25, whose brains are
still developing, should not be smoking marijuana?

Why are they ignoring all the evidence that says more (not fewer)
youth will smoke marijuana after legalization, and that car crashes
due to impairment by marijuana will increase significantly?

Why do they insist organized crime will decrease after legalization,
yet the experts say we are "deluding ourselves" if we think legalizing
marijuana will remove the criminal component?

Canada is among the first developed countries in the world to legalize
marijuana. The proposed legislative and regulatory framework is still
in its infancy - not even half-baked - and yet Trudeau stubbornly
insists on recklessly plunging ahead. Why? Are there conflicts of
interest driving this agenda? How would we know if there were?

There is something foolish and suspicious about the government's
mindless haste. It's time to slow down, take a deep breath and a step
back. Canadians deserve answers to their many questions before we go
any further.

Betty Unger, Senator (Alberta)
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