Task force chair talks marijuana legalization at SFU

Anne McLellan says regulations for pot will be very different than those for alcohol

Curious about how Canada might legalize marijuana? Lower Mainland residents will get the chance to learn more on Thursday night.

Anne McLellan, the chair of the federal task force on legalizing marijuana, is speaking about a report last fall in which the group made 80 recommendations on how Ottawa should go about legally selling the drug.

Recommendations included not selling marijuana in the same place as alcohol or tobacco sales, as well as a legal buying age, and personal possession and growing limits.

When the report was released, B.C. lawyer and pot reform advocate Kirk Tousaw questioned what he saw as the arbitrary nature of the possession and growing limits.

McLellan said the task force is following recommendations and best practices from law enforcement officials and jurisdictions in the U.S., where recreational marijuana is legal.

“They all have a limit in terms of the number of plants. It could be four, six, in some cases maybe 10 or 12,” she said. “We concluded that four plants [that are] 100 centimetres high would provide the average moderate user with sufficient product for his or her personal use.”

The personal possession limits are not based on whether pot is more or less harmful than alcohol, McLellan added, but rather on making a better framework for marijuana.

“Public health experts … told us that alcohol is a failed public health regime,” she said. “They do not want us to adopt the alcohol regime in the name of public health and public safety.”

McLellan is speaking at the SFU Segal Building at 500 Granville St at their Vancouver campus. A live webcast is available here. Visit SFU’s website to learn more about the event.

 


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Drive by shooting in Langley (updated)

Truck and house damaged in attack

Upgrades could be coming to popular Penzer Park in Langley City (with video)

Council considers a staff proposal that would move up construction of planned washroom, benches picnic tables and shelter

VIDEO: celebrating Diwali in Langley

Muriel Arnason library marks event for 14th time

Promoting Langley City: new agency launches

Discover Langley City created in wake of split with Township

‘Hearties’ descend on Langley

Fans of TV show ‘When Calls the Heart’ have gathered in Langley for the Hearties Family Reunion

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Holy Heritage Rail Batman: Superheros come to Cloverdale historic train

The Fraser Valley Heritage Rail is hosting its third annual Halloween rail adventure Oct 28, 29

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

Most Read