On Feb. 24, the Liberal Senate Caucus - which operates independently of the party itself - invited Canadians for an open discussion about legalizing marijuana. The two-hour forum looked at how marijuana should be sold, how to keep the plant away from minors, and what tools exist to police people who drive under the influence.
The panelists were Bill Blair (Liberal MP and designated government leader on legalization), Clive Weighill of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Amy Porath-Waller, Ph.D., and Rebecca Jesseman of the Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse, Benedikt Fischer of the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health, and lawyer and lecturer on drug policy Eugene Oscapella.
Here's some of what went down, according to the chatter on Twitter - and be sure to check their site Feb. 25 for the full audio from the panel.
1. Predictably, the panel attracted massive interest
So, yeah, fair to say there's some interest in today's Senate Liberal caucus session. pic.twitter.com/5k7pgVngRu— kady o'malley (@kady) February 24, 2016
2. Although some Tweeps were notably ticked off by the lack of live-stream
@LibSenate You should have live feed set up for events like this.— Bradley Hunt (@legalguise420) February 24, 2016
3. Enthusiasm for improved access, considering how many Canadians already consume cannabis
Blair: our current approach to marijuana prohibition is not working. Over 22K possession charges were laid in 2014. #SenCA— Liberal Senate Forum (@LibSenate) February 24, 2016
4. Many lauded the relative safety of cannabis vis-a-vis other, legal drugs
@LibSenate Health impacts lower than that of sugar, so lets put it beside the chocolate bars in every store!— Gordon James Brown (@gord_brown1) February 24, 2016
5. Hot takes, and hashtags employing cannabis-related puns, abounded
@LibSenate Stoned drivers are actually safer. Blame the truck drivers who are always in a hurry. That's what causes accidents.— graham (@afriendofafrien) February 24, 2016