Feds to introduce marijuana legislation this week
The federal Liberals plan to introduce legislation on Thursday to put marijuana legalization in motion.
And, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the new system will regulate marijuana to ``keep it out of the hands of children and the proceeds out of the hands of criminals.''
But internal R-C-M-P notes obtained by The Canadian Press indicate the Mounties aren't so sure, saying it is ``too early'' to determine what potential impact legalized pot may have on the involvement of organized crime.
The Mounties say in the notes they will work with Ottawa ``to the extent possible'' to ensure policies are in place to keep criminal networks out of the legal marijuana trade.
The government wants to decriminalize marijuana consumption and incidental possession and create new sanctions to more severely punish those who provide pot to minors or drive under its influence.
But the legislation will be just a starting point, as Ottawa and the provinces sort out questions about the availability, sale, pricing and taxation, as well as penalties for misuse and the resources needed to implement the new regime.