Based on a recent survey, a lot of people in Saskatchewan want to have a say in how the province handles legalization of marijuana.
Drew Wilby with the Ministry of Justice says around 35,000 people filled out at least some part of the online survey held from September 8th to October 6th. The survey focused on where cannabis should be available for purchase, where it should be prohibited, and the appropriate legal age, among other questions.
For perspective, a survey on the future of liquor retailing in the province only had 6,000 hits.
Wilby says they hope to make the results public by the end of the year, but says it’s important for them to find out what people in the province feel about various topics around the legalization of marijuana.
The results will be combined with expert comments, the Ministry’s legal team and police services, but Wilby says the public’s comment will be given a “great significance” when the province enacts their legislation.
Federal legalization of marijuana is expected to come into effect July 1st, 2018, but in September Justice Minister Don Morgan has previously said the province wanted that date to be extended another year.
(With files from CJWW)