McLeod unhappy with hazy pot legislation

By James Peters / Chad Harris
April 13, 2017 - 11:30am Updated: April 13, 2017 - 12:35pm

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Conservative MP Cathy McLeod says she has a laundry list of concerns about marijuana legalization legislation introduced by the Trudeau government today.

The bill works toward legal marijuana use for all Canadians 18 and older by Canada Day of 2018.

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McLeod says she can't believe the age limit is so low.

"I was absolutely shocked that they didn't listen to the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association who said clearly the evidence in terms of the impact on the younger brain is prevalent until the mid-twenties, and really recommended an older age," said McLeod.

She adds the legislation isn't clear which level government will be responsible for regulating homegrown marijuana.

"The ability to grow fairly large plants — it's four — but who is going to monitor it? Is this going to be moved down to a municipality level, is it going to be provincial? Certainly I can see the prevalence of home-grown, and significant impact on homes and on landlords."

McLeod says the issue of impairment isn't properly spelled out, either.

"I know that they did table some parameters around that, but I'm not sure we have the expertise to know the limits. To have testing devices that are really proven. The issue of impaired driving, work related issues, or other areas that have no answers as of yet."

McLeod notes support for legalization among her constituents is mixed.

"Some people are supporting legalization, but I know there are many, many parents who are concerned. Obviously, drug use is a concern in terms of our young adults. As a former nurse, I have seen the impact in terms of some psychiatric illnesses that have been [caused by] heavy use."

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