Unless they have been living on another planet, the provincial and federal politicians who are debating the upcoming legalization of marijuana must be familiar with the omnipresence and the reach of the underground market. And they must know that half-hearted measures tend to yield costly failures.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne pictured with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson Aug. 27 at Ottawa's gay pride parade. As Canada's largest province, Ontario stands to set the tone for much of the rest of the country. Many of its sister provinces are still seeking advice from experts and/or sounding out constituents. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Canada is edging closer to the July 2018 target date for the legalization of marijuana in a haze of political smoke.
People. Policy. Politics. This is an exclusive subscriber-only story.
A number of unions have registered as third party advertisers in the lead up to the October election, but PSAC, PIPSC and CUPW, all big spenders in 2015, haven't locked down their exact spending goals yet.
Liberal MP Steve MacKinnon, who spoke for all but one Liberal on the committee, says a comprehensive account on the affair is already in the public record, pointing to 13 hours of committee testimony and the commissioner