Min­is­ter de­fends le­gal-pot timetable

Penticton Herald - - NEWS -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canada’s pub­lic safety min­is­ter says the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is anx­ious to le­gal­ize mar­i­juana by next sum­mer de­spite po­lice ser­vices say­ing there’s zero chance they’ll be ready.

Ralph Goodale said Wed­nes­day the Lib­er­als just an­nounced $274 mil­lion over the next five years to help with po­lice train­ing and fight the in­volve­ment of or­ga­nized crime.

On Tues­day, po­lice from On­tario, Saska­toon and the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice told the Com­mons health com­mit­tee that they need more time. They say they re­quire an ex­tra six months to a year for proper po­lice train­ing and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion — with­out which or­ga­nized crime will flour­ish.

Goodale said Wed­nes­day the gov­ern­ment will lis­ten to that feed­back but has set out a timetable that he says is rea­son­able. The Lib­er­als have pledged pot will be le­gal in Canada by the sum­mer of 2018.

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