Provincial and territorial leaders will be passing around ideas on cannabis during the second day of their annual summer meeting.
Today’s session is expected to focus on the federal government’s planned legalization of the drug by next July.
Ottawa says it will be up to provinces and territories to decide how pot will be distributed and sold, and whether the minimum age will be higher than 18.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the amount of work and unanswered questions require at least a one-year delay on implementation.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says with NAFTA being renegotiated now is not the time for Finance Ministers to be discussing the upcoming legalization of marijuana.
“Well, the Finance Ministers met recently and took a lot of time to talk about this,”Wall said from the C-O-F meetings in Edmonton. “I’m not sure that’s particularly the best use for the time for the Finance Ministers for this federation. But, to be fair, the Federal Government has made a promise.”
Leaders are expected to compare notes during the second day of their annual summer get-together.
The first day was focused on upcoming NAFTA negotiations, as well as the larger issue of trade with the U-S.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she and her colleagues aren’t ready to back Saskatchewan’s calls for a list of possible trade retaliations Canada could use in NAFTA talks.
Premier Brad Wall has suggested Canada come up with a list of American products it could target, should the renegotiation of the trade deal go off the rails.
But Notley says the rest of the provincial and territorial leaders feel the country is not at the point of retaliatory strategizing.
She says premiers want to build on the successes they’ve had discussing trade with lawmakers south of the border.
The session wraps up later on Wednesday