MPs hear from public health, addiction experts as Goodale sticks to pot legalization deadline

From CBC - September 13, 2017

MPs on the House of Commons health committee are conducting a third day of hearings on the government's marijuana legalization legislation.

Wednesday's witnesses include public health and addiction experts, as well as a representative from the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations.

On Tuesday, committee membersheard from police representatives, who said the government's plan to have a new regulated market in place by next July is too ambitious and meant police would not be ready to enforce the new regime.

That echoes the message that several provinces have been delivering in recent months.

But at the Liberal cabinet retreat in St. John's on Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the government was sticking to its timetable to legalize cannabis by next summer.


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