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Latest plan won’t stunt marijuana black market

By Chantal HÉbert      

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.

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