Dilkens Appears Before Senate Committee Studying Marijuana Bill

The legalization of marijuana continues to weigh heavily on the mind of Windsor's mayor.

Drew Dilkens has appeared before a Senate committee Monday looking into the legalization of marijuana in Canada and the impact it will have on border communities. "We don't want to create criminals or have people suffer criminal consequences because of legal behaviour," says Dilkens

The committee of national security and defence is taking a closer look at Bill C-45.

Dilkens told CTV Windsor that people need to know there are different rules on the use of pot and people could be denied entry into the U-S for using marijuana -- even for medicinal reasons. "We don't want people to have to go to the border and lie to a federal official," says Dilkens.  "That's the wrong thing to have to do.  But if they tell the truth and they say, 'Yes, here's my prescription from my physician for medicinal marijuana.'  We also don't people to be deemed inadmissible to enter the United States."

Dilkens says while some states are looking to relax the rules surrounding marijuana, the tone from the federal government in Washington, D-C, remains strict enforcement.