It may be Justin Trudeau’s government which gets to decide if pot is legal in Canada, but it will be the Notley administration that will have to figure out how it will work inside Alberta’s borders. The premier told reporters Thursday she’s not skeptical of a July 2018 mandate to get ready for legal weed, but she called the federal government’s timeline ‘ambitious’ and ‘challenging.’
“We need to take a look at the legislation and we’re going to work very hard to meet those time limits,” said Rachel Notley. “If we don’t, we’ll have to go back and say we need more time.”
“It’s a very ambitious project and there’s a lot of work to be done to get it right.”
One thing Notley wants to have time for is consulting with Albertans on how legalization will look in the province. That includes everything from age restrictions on those purchasing pot to where it’ll be sold.
“It’s not a simple issue,” said Notley. “It may be simple to say, ‘let’s legalize marijuana’; administering it is very complex. We have a lot of work to do on it.”
“We’re just going to have to get to work and make good decisions that aren’t rushed.”