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Stetski hosts telephone town hall on marijuana legalization

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
March 6th, 2017

The legalization of marijuana issue has been a hot topic across Canada.

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski is hosting a telephone town hall Tuesday (March 14) for residents to let him know their views this most contentious issue.
“The legalization of marijuana will have impacts on health, the economy, law enforcement and for municipalities.” Stetski said in a media release Monday.

“This is a significant issue for Kootenay-Columbia, and I want to hear what people in the region are thinking as the government moves closer to introducing legislation.”
The telephone town hall will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30 PT / 7:30 MT.

Stetski said residents with a listed phone number would receive a phone call from an automatic system to invite them to join the call.
In addition to being able to ask questions or offer comments, participants will hear from four area experts, including Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak; Tamara Duggan, owner of Tamarack Dispensaries in Kimberley; Dean Nicholson, Executive Director of East Kootenay Addiction Services Society in Cranbrook; and a representative of the RCMP.
Stetski said Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is expected to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana this spring.

He said a recent federal task force on the issue made a number of recommendations, including the establishment of a minimum age of access and restrictions on advertising and promotion; regulated production, manufacturing and distribution; and safeguards, such as testing, packaging and labelling.
Stetski is encouraging anyone interested to read the task force’s recommendations, which can be found here.
“We will have to see whether the government follows its own task force’s recommendations when they introduce the new laws,” Stetski said.

“As the person who will be voting on those laws on your behalf, I want to know what you think about the issue.”
Anyone with an unlisted phone number that would like to take part in Town Hall can register at

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