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Federal government's pot czar visits London

Federal government's pot czar visits London
From Global News - February 28, 2017

Torontos former top cop made stops in London on Tuesday, meeting with city and police officials to discuss a regulatory framework for legalizing marijuanain Canada that he says will protect children and consumers, while taking away business from organized crime.

So many people talk about legalization of marijuana, but we are really talking about replacing the criminal sanction with a more effective regime of regulation and control, said Bill Blair, a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice tasked with promoting the federal governments plan to legalize, regulate, and significantly restrict the production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis.

Quite frankly, the system thats currently in place is not working, Blair explained.

In Canada, in our communities today, young people use marijuana at a higher rate than any other group of young people anywhere else in the world. Close to 40-per cent of youth in this country report that theyre using cannabis.

Blair says stricter regulation on how marijuana is sold, how its produced, and who it is sold to will better protect children from the risk imposed by using the drug during adolescent years and will also protect all consumers otherwise using a product with unclear origins.

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But strict regulation is not the approach favoured by Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canadawho acts as a consultant and spokesperson for the Chronic Hub Social Club medical marijuana dispensary in London.

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