Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor is confident that the government will reach its deadline of July to legalize marijuana.
But during a two hour session yesterday involving the Senate and several Federal Ministers, discussion revealed, it could be weeks later, that pot is available for adults to purchase in retail stores.
The Senate first needs to approve the legislation, and from there, more work will need to be done within provinces and territories before sales to adults begin, "They told us that they need 8 to 12 weeks following Royal Assent for preparatory activities to occur. Such as lawful movement of product from licensed producers to distribution and retail outlets, before legislation come into force and Canadians can legally buy cannabis," Petitpas-Taylor says.
But she adds that she is very confident that they will be able to meet their goal of July 2018.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she is aware that there are concerns that provinces and territories will not be prepared, but, "Provinces and territories have been working expeditiously to position themselves for the implementation of the cannabis act. To date, five provinces have introduced cannabis legislation, the other jurisdictions have completed public consultations"
During yesterday's session, the Ministers faced questions on a number of issues relating to the legalization, including how to protect youth, and branding.
A national public awareness campaign will also be launched next month to educate kids and parents...