30 June 2016

CBC Report today….

Marijuana task force to be led by former deputy PM Anne McLellan ……Liberal government plans to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in 2017

Anne McLellan will lead a nine-member task force to advise the government on how to legalize marijuana, the government announced Thursday. McLellan is a former Liberal justice minister and health minister under Jean Chretien and was deputy prime minister under Paul Martin. (CBC)

Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould announced today the launch of a task force to advise the Canadian government on how best to move forward with its plan to legalize marijuana.

The nine-member task force will be chaired by Anne McLellan, a former deputy prime minister under Paul Martin who also served as a health and justice minister.

“The task force will use what it has heard to advise the government on the design of the legislation and the regulatory framework that will include a new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution,” Wilson-Raybould said during a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday.

The panel, whose recommendations will be made public, will have to report back to the government by November before legislation is introduced in the spring of 2017.

The other members of the task force are:

  • Dr. Mark A Ware (vice-chair).
  • Dr. Susan Boyd.
  • George Chow.
  • Marlene Jesso.
  • Dr. Perry Kendall.
  • Rafik Souccar.
  • Dr. Barbara von Tigerstrom.
  • Dr. Catherine Zahn.

Read rest of report at http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberals-marijuana-task-force-1.3659509