Marijuana Task Force Seeks Feedback

As part of its ongoing effort to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, the federal government has appointed a Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation. Stakeholders, including local governments, are invited to engage with the Task Force by providing input to a federal discussion paper by August 29, 2016.

The discussion paper, Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Marijuana, outlines objectives for a new federal regulatory system, while also providing a series of issues and policy options for which feedback is desired. Interested parties are able to provide input in a number of ways, including via email, by sending a formal letter, or by completing a questionnaire at the end of each section of the discussion paper. UBCM also requests a copy of all local government feedback be sent to Bhar Sihota, Policy Analyst.

On June 30, 2016, the federal government created the Task Force as part of its platform to legalize marijuana. Overseen by MP Bill Blair, the Task Force is chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, and includes three members from British Columbia. It seeks consultation with provincial and local governments, and the general public prior to releasing a report in November 2016 to guide future legislative change.

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