With legalization imminent in Canada, Albertas Justice Minister and Solicitor General is headed to Colorado to see how the U.S. state has handled policies and procedures around pot, which has been legal in the state since January 2014.
Kathleen Ganley flies out Thursday to Denver, where shes slated to meet with the attorney general, municipal government, police and fire services, building and licensing experts, and the environmental health department.
The federal government will set the tone, if you will, or set the broad strokes for how restrictive the model is going to be and a whole number of other things, but then provinces will have to step in because some of it will be in provincial jurisdiction . . . and, of course, our policing partners as well will have a large role to play, and municipalities probably as well, Ganley said.
Were looking to all move together.
Its important that the province be prepared to ensure that we are doing our part to keep Albertans safe.
Its important to learn any lessons that we can to ensure that were doing this in the best way possible.
Shes hoping to learn where the challenges were for Colorado in terms of regulation – how Colorado went about tracking activity and enforcing its new laws, as well as keeping weed out of the hands of minors and keeping people from driving while under the influence.
Thats obviously going to be of significant concern, Ganley said of driving high.
As of now, theres not yet an approved screening device, so itll be interesting to hear how theyve handled those sorts of challenges.
Justin Trudeaus Liberal government has announced marijuana will be legalized in Canada in the spring of 2017.
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