Saskatchewan’s Justice Minister says the province is asking for the federal government to hold off one more year before rolling out the legalization of marijuana.
Don Morgan says it’s been a short timeframe to craft the province’s stance on marijuana when it is expected to be legalized July 1st, 2018. Some of the major parts of legislation left up to the provinces include age limits on cannabis sales, taxation, distribution, and enforcement on impaired driving laws.
Morgan says the ministry is working on crafting legislation in the meantime.
“We have to have something in place by then,” Morgan says. “We don’t want to be in a place where the Federal Government Legislation is in place and our protective scheme, or our regulatory scheme is not there. We may have to do some things where we put things in place on an intern basis and do things later on as we go, but we want to have as much done as we possibly can.”
Morgan says a zero-tolerance for marijuana while driving is one possibility, but they are leaning towards the same regulations as for alcohol.
“The intention would be that new drivers, the same that we have a zero tolerance for alcohol would likely be there, but for adult drivers we would probably want to have some level because people can be exposed to second-hand smoke or not.”
The province is holding an online survey that will be taken into consideration to shape the cannabis legislation.
The survey is open until October 6th.