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Cannabis bill a concern for Indigenous communities and ‘ripe for amendment’: Sen. Sinclair

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Suggested bill amendments include an opt-in or opt-out option for First Nations, which Senate committee witnesses say would be disproportionately harmed by legalization.

Independent Senator Murray Sinclair says he's worried what impact marijuana legalization will have on Indigenous communities where resources are already lacking, and is looking for amendments to the two cannabis-related bills before the Senate. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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The effect legal marijuana will have on historically “over-policed and under-resourced” Indigenous communities is cause for concern, according to Independent Senator Murray Sinclair, who is calling on the government to address gaps in services he said will be further strained by legalization. “Right now, Indigenous communities have a significant amount of drug problems without them being legal, so I want to know what we’re going to do about addressing that—to increase awareness and to provide increased police resources

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