Federal health minister says conversations with her own kids convinced her changes are required.
The federal health minister says “the world is going to be looking to Canada to make sure we do the job well” when it comes to legalizing and regulating marijuana.
In an interview with CBC News, Jane Philpott said the government will look abroad for best practices, but said she doesn’t see a perfect model anywhere.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use, and has mandated Philpott, along with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, to create a federal-provincial-territorial process to accomplish that.
Philpott said the government will create a task force to consult with legal authorities, public safety officials and Health Canada scientists, who already have a role in regulating products with health risks such as tobacco.