Alberta is beginning preparations for the federal legalization of cannabis.
Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley will take off Thursday for a two-day trip to Denver, Colorado. The Justice Minister will meet with the attorney general, police, fire and environmental health officials about the effects of cannabis legalization.
The federal government announced last April its plans to move forward with legalizing cannabis in the spring of 2017. Since Colorado legalized cannabis more than two years ago, Ganley says it’s the ideal location to discuss best practices for the legal move.
“It’s vital for our government to be prepared and educated on the issue of legalizing marijuana,” said Ganley. “We want to learn from Colorado’s experiences and any challenges regarding the process of legalization.”
The Justice Minister hopes to gain understanding of public safety, economic, health and social issues stemming from the legalization of cannabis.
The trip will reportedly cost around $4000. (KLM)