Trudeau government to legalize pot next spring; McLeod prefers decriminalization

By James Peters
April 20, 2016 - 11:03am Updated: April 25, 2016 - 2:34pm

KAMLOOPS — The Trudeau government has firmed up its timeline for legalizing marijuana.

At the United Nations this morning, Health Minister Jane Philpott said legislation to legalize and regulate pot use will be introduced next spring.

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod says she has issues with legalization, and would prefer the government look toward decriminalization.

"I don't believe that any young person should have a record for simple pot possession, but I do continue to have concerns around the actual legalization. We have some pretty compelling science, in terms of the impact, especially on our youth in terms of brain development and links to mental illness," said McLeod. 

The government's announcement comes on April 20, the day marijuana users typically take part in pot-themed demonstrations and celebrations.

Here in Kamloops, the event will be held at Riverside Park.

A by-law is now in place preventing people from smoking at City of Kamloops parks and civic facilities.

Those observed breaking the by-law could face a $100 fine. 



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