No con­sen­sus

Chair­man says N.B. com­mit­tee on recre­ational mar­i­juana has many unan­swered ques­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

A com­mit­tee of the New Brunswick leg­is­la­ture study­ing mar­i­juana le­gal­iza­tion is wrap­ping up a week of pub­lic hear­ings with lots of unan­swered ques­tions and lit­tle con­sen­sus.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Benoit Bourque says pre­sen­ters were split on whether the min­i­mum age should be 19 or 21, and whether cannabis should be sold at govern­ment-run stores or by the pri­vate sec­tor.

He says there are also no clear an­swers on how to deal with en­force­ment for im­paired driv­ers or em­ploy­ees on the job.

Tim Petersen, pres­i­dent of Work-SafeNB, says the an­swers to all the ques­tions should be con­sis­tent across the coun­try.

Lau­rie Manzer, a vet­eran who uses medic­i­nal mar­i­juana, says the rules for recre­ational and medic­i­nal use need to be kept sep­a­rate, so young can­cer pa­tients aren’t pre­vented from be­ing treated with mar­i­juana be­cause of their age.

The com­mit­tee won’t be mak­ing any rec­om­men­da­tions, but will sum­ma­rize all the pre­sen­ta­tions in a re­port for the pro­vin­cial govern­ment by Sept. 1.

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