Provincial and territorial leaders have wrapped up their annual meeting with a call for Ottawa to provide more information about legalizing marijuana.
The premiers agreed Wednesday the feds need to provide more clarity, or face a call from the provinces to delay implementation.
Manitoba’s Brian Pallister wanted the target date of next July 1st moved back by a year, given what he calls the sheer amount of work and unanswered questions.
Instead, leaders agreed they might ask for an extension if Ottawa doesn’t help them with issues including distribution and taxation.
One of the main topics during the second and final day for the Council of Federation was the legalization of marijuana next July and how to handle it.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says that deadline is coming quickly but more clarification is needed from the federal government on things like public safety, enforcement and education.
“I worry about the speed with which next July is coming,” said Premier Wall from the meeting in Edmonton. “But we’re working with the federal government. We have our own group of ministers dealing with not just the taxes, but also these other very important issues around public health and public safety.”
The Premier attended the Western Governors meeting a few weeks ago and spoke to Colorado’s governor.
The State legalized marijuana back in 2012. Wall says Governor John Hickenlooper is supportive of that ruling, but still has some cautionary tales.