Premier's position on pot

Premier Christy Clark in Kimberley this past Friday. - Carolyn Grant
Premier Christy Clark in Kimberley this past Friday.
— image credit: Carolyn Grant

One of the topics that came up during Premier Christy Clark’s business round table in Kimberley last Friday was that of the potential legalization of marijuana.

Premier Clark said that having not seen the promised legislation from the federal government yet, she could only answer in theory.

“When it’s legal, we will operate within that framework,” she said.

“But I do have three concerns.

“One, if it’s going to be available, people should be confident that the product is safe;

“Two, we must be sure that the criminal element is not a part of the business; and

“Three, we have to make sure that kids don’t have access to it.”

Citing studies of marijuana’s effect on the growing brain, Clark said that she would argue for a higher age than 18 to gain access to legally available marijuana.

Clark also mentioned the current situation where dispensaries exist in something of a gray area.

“If we’re going to make it legal, we need laws,” she said.”


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