Perhaps in deference to the Provinces and to placate the rejections of ideas from the more outspoken Premiers such as Ontario’s Wynne, who when asked about distribution models in July replied “We have the LCBO in place (and) I think that we’ve demonstrated that that kind of regulation is efficient and is effective.” or from Alberta Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann making his parties recommended age for purchasing cannabis be 21. ; the Task Force laid out a number of regulations that allow the provinces to both have a say over the production and sale as well as benefiting from the new taxes but left a few things up to the provinces.
1. Work with the provinces to figure out how to share the profit of the taxes – and there will be a lot of it to share.
2. Commit to using revenue from cannabis as a source of funding for administration, education, research and enforcement and co-ordinate messaging with provincial and territorial partners
3. Work with existing federal, provincial and territorial bodies to better understand potential occupational health and safety issues related to cannabis impairment
4. What to do with youth that are caught with 5 grams of cannabis. Each Province will have to decide this application of the law.
5. What age? The feds say 18 but Ontario has already answered that it will be 19 and Alberta is contemplating 21.
6. The actual limit that you can posses legally. The Liberals have said 30 grams but each province will be able to set the limit; and prairies, before you think about using that to make the limit 0, know that the Federal law will always supersede the provinces and you can’t change the intention of the law.