EDMONTON — Canada’s premiers say the federal government needs to more fully answer questions surrounding the legalization of cannabis or they will need more time to get their rules in place.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the closing news conference at the leaders’ annual summer meeting in Edmonton that there are five areas that need to be clarified.
They include road safety and enforcement, preparation and training on distribution, taxation, public education, and supply and demand and how that might affect the black market.
Ottawa has said it will pass legislation to make recreational pot legal next July 1, but it will be up to the provinces to decide on details such as how it will be distributed and sold, where it will be allowed and what the minimum age should be.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister suggested Tuesday that the unanswered questions require the law be delayed by one year.
Notley says the premiers have struck a working group on the issues and it is to report back in November.