Lingering Concerns About Legalization

Community leaders in the Ottawa Valley say there are still some pressing concerns about the upcoming legalization of cannabis.

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant says some of the questions that had been raised in her past meetings with municipal, fire officials, police and others, have been addressed with government announcements, including the plan for sales of cannabis.

However, she says there are still some pressing gray areas -- such as the detection of cannabis impairment, especially in the workplace.

"There's quite a bit of trepidation, and many questions", Gallant told Star 96.7 News.

"There's a huge problem looming in the workplace; employers want to know what it is they have to do to keep people safe.  Safety from a number of avenues are the top concerns", Gallant said.

As for cannabis use in public, the Ontario government has said the consumption of cannabis will follow the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, but that communities will also have the ability to set by-laws as to where cannabis can be consumed in public spaces.

Legal sales of cannabis will begin online on October 17th, followed by a retail store model being rolled out in the spring.