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Better to be done right than on time: Senate, opposition concerned about marijuana legalization deadline

By Emily Haws      

The Liberals plan to legalize cannabis on or before July 1, 2018, but Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu, NDP health critic Don Davies, and Independent Senator André Pratte are concerned about public education, pardons, and whether police forces will be ready in time.

The Liberals plan to push ahead with the July 2018 marijuana legalization deadline, but other MPs and Senators are concerned the legislation will leave too many questions unanswered. The Hill Times file photograph

The Liberals are sticking to their July 2018 marijuana legalization deadline, but the opposition, Senators, and other stakeholders say their push-it-through approach risks setting the policy up to fail. NDP health critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, B.C.) said he sees the bill as too restrictive when compared to alcohol regulations. “It’s changing a hundred years of legal, political, cultural, social attitudes towards a drug,” Mr. Davies said. “It’s better to be prepared than not, so it’s not going

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